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Title Letters [manuscript]: 1820-1843
Author McKenney, Thomas Loraine (1785-1859)
Document Type Correspondence
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Small collection of four letters written by Thomas L. McKenney to various correspondents between 1820 and 1843. Concerning official government business, the correspondents in the first three letters (1820, 1826, and 1830) are Henry Thompson (Baltimore merchant), William Clark (Superintendent of Indian Affairs, St. Louis), and William B. Lewis (second auditor of the Treasury). The corresponding topics are as follows: sale of deer skins, illegal liquor trade at the trading posts of the American Fur Company, and a report regarding the Arkansas Cherokees. In the final letter (1843) to a Mr. Jackson in Brunswick, Maine, McKenney asks his help in establishing a series of lectures on American Indian history.
Names Thompson, Henry; Clark, William (1770-1838); Lewis, William Berkeley (1784-1866); Jackson, Mr
Places Maine, Missouri, Arkansas, Georgetown, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Keywords government, government relations, commerce, business, Office of Indian Affairs, education, history, law, legislation, trade, fur trade, fur trader, deer, alcohol, liquor, trading post, American Fur Company
Theme American Indians and the US Government
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Southeast
Additional Information

Thomas Loraine McKenney, government official and author, served as superintendent of Indian Trade from 1816-1822. In 1824 McKenney was appointed to head the newly organized Bureau of Indian Affairs. He served in that capacity until his dismissal in 1830. Later in life, McKenney wrote several works on American Indian history.

Letter to William Clark (1826) is a copy.

Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 549
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue