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Title Letter [manuscript]: Fort Pierre, [S.D.], to Pratte Chouteau & Co., Saint Louis, Mo., 1835 Oct. 26
Author Laidlaw, William (c.1798-1851)
Document Type Correspondence
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: October 26, 1835, letter to Pratte, Chouteau and Company, delivered by trader Pierre Legris, concerning the fur trade on the Platte River. Laidlaw notes the departure of Mr. Mitchell with trade goods to the Platte and reports that a Mr. Foutinelle had been encouraging the Indians of that region to trade with him. He also notes that he has not heard from the Indians recently, but that outposts have been established.
Names Legris, Pierre
Places Fort Pierre, Platte River Region, South Dakota, United States
Keywords Pratte Chouteau and Company, fur trade, fur trader, trade, payment, account, commerce, goods, trading post
Theme Trade and Indian Economies
Culture Area Great Plains
Additional Information Fur trader. Born in Scotland, Laidlaw became a partner in the Columbia Fur Co. in 1822. He remained with the firm when it merged in 1827 with Astor’s American Fur Co., and joined Pratte, Chouteau and Company in 1834, when it purchased Astor’s interest in the Western Department of the American Fur Co. Laidlaw operated out of Fort Tecumseh, S.D., until 1831 when Fort Pierre replaced it. In 1851, he died insolvent in St. Louis.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 486
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue