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Title Letter [manuscript]: La Prairie des Mascoutins, [Ohio], to Colonel John Bradstreet, Detroit, [Mich.], 1764 Sept. 2
Author Washenawets; Morris, Captain, Thomas
Document Type Correspondence
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: September 2, 1764, letter to Col. John Bradstreet which Capt. Thomas Morris, then at the "farthest village" of the Ottawas on the Maumee River, wrote for an Ottawa chief, Washenawets, who intended to meet with Bradstreet at Detroit. Morris recommends "kind treatment" and a "few presents" to open up the route to Illinois. He also notes that he will be sending a report of his mission via Maisonville.
Names Bradstreet, Colonel, John (1711-1774)
Places Maisonville, Maumee River, La Prairie des Mascoutins, Ohio, Detroit, Michigan, Illinois, United States
Keywords cultural contact, war, army, alliance, Pontiac's Rebellion
Theme American Indians and the European Powers
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Northeast
Additional Information Morris was an officer of the 17th Regiment of Foot dispatched Aug. 26, 1764, from Cedar Point, Ohio, by Col. John Bradstreet to Fort de Chartres in the Illinois country. He was to inform the tribes along the way that Bradstreet had made peace with the Shawnees and Delawares, and to warn them not to oppose British troops. Despite the peace treaty, Pontiac continued to urge the tribes to resist the British, forcing Morris to abandon his mission Sept. 7 at the Miami villages. He returned to Detroit Sept. 17.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 609
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue