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Title Letters [manuscript]: 1792-1818
Author Wilkinson, James (1757-1825)
Date
Document Type Correspondence; Financial Record
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Small collection of correspondence and a few orders written by James Wilkinson between 1792 and 1818. The majority of the letters were written at Fort Washington and Fort Hamilton in Ohio and relate to Indian affairs and military operations in the Northwest Territory during the 1790s. The correspondents include quartermaster general Samuel Hodgdon, Pennsylvania militia officer John Armstrong, and Lieutenant William Simmons. Miscellaneous letters from the first two decades of the 1800s include two warrants to pay Choctaw chiefs Occhummia and Phufeiahomia for services rendered in 1802.
Names Hodgdon, Samuel (1745-1824); Armstrong, John (1755-1816); Simmons, William; Jones, Francis; Ricard, Captain; Newman, Daniel; Occhummia; Phufeiahomia; Shamburgh, B.
Places Fort Washington, Fort Hamilton, Ohio, Northwest Territory, United States
Keywords government, government relations, fort, army, soldiers, supplies, financial transactions, chief, militia
Theme American Indians and the US Government
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Northeast, Southeast
Additional Information James Wilkinson, military officer, western land speculator, and governor of Louisiana, was born in Calvert County, Maryland in 1757. During the 1790s Wilkinson served in the military operations against Indians in the Northwest Territory. In 1805 he was appointed governor of Louisiana, where became involved in the Aaron Burr conspiracy to create a southwestern empire. Although Wilkinson was acquitted of all charges, his reputation was permanently tarnished. Following the War of 1812, he was discharged from the military and moved to Mexico, where he died in 1825.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 982
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue