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Title Letter [manuscript]: New York [N.Y.], to His Excellency, Richard Caswell esquire, 1787 Aug. 16
Author Ashe, John Baptista (1748-1802)
Document Type Correspondence
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Letter dated Aug. 16, 1787 written by Ashe while serving in Congress in New York City to Richard Caswell, Governor of North Carolina. Ashe sent this letter to Caswell reporting on the status of a resolution regarding the Hopewell Treaty (1785) that he and William Blount had introduced into Congress. One of the important provisions of the treaty was the establishment of definite boundary lines for the Cherokee Indians; the resolution disputed the legal validity of those boundaries. In this letter Ashe requests that Gov. Caswell send him the historical documentation supporting their case.
Names Caswell, Richard; Blount, Colonel, William; Bunton
Places Hopewell, South Carolina, North Carolina, New York, United States
Keywords treaty, territory, government, Congress of the United States, hunting, land claim
Theme American Indians and the US Government
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Northeast, Southeast
Additional Information John Baptista Ashe, revolutionary soldier and politician of North Carolina, held numerous offices after the war. In Dec. 1786, Ashe was chosen as a delegate to the Continental Congress and represented his state during the year 1787. He was elected to the first and second Congresses, 1789-1793. Ashe was later elected to the governorship of North Carolina in 1802, but died in Halifax before taking office.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 31
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue