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Title Letters [manuscript]: 1821-[ca. 1835]
Author Ridge, John (1803-1839)
Document Type Correspondence
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Two letters from John Ridge to President Monroe (Mar. 21, 1821) and to Georgia congressman George R. Gilmer (ca. 1835), regarding the status of the Cherokee Indians and their relations with the U.S. government. The 1821 letter was written at the behest of Herman Daggett, the principal of the Foreign Mission School where Ridge was a student and was carried to Washington by Jedediah Morse. In it Ridge mentions that Jedediah Morse was about to deliver his report on the condition of the Indians to Washington, remarks on the poor condition of the Cherokees who had moved to the West compared with those who had remained in the East, and comments on his own poor health. The second undated (ca. 1835) letter concerns an amendment substituting "agent" for "delegate" in Gilmer’s Congressional bill. Ridge emphasizes that both the western Cherokees and the eastern Cherokees who desired to emigrate would never accept anything but provision for representation in Congress. He also comments on the "mountains of prejudice entertained against us by the Anglo Americans".
Names Monroe, James (1758-1831); Gilmer, George Rockingham (1790-1859); Morse, Jedidiah (1761-1826); Daggett, Herman (1766-1832)
Places Cornwall, Connecticut, Arkansas, United States
Keywords government, government relations, agent, bill, law, dispossession of Indians, relocation, Congress of the United States, health
Theme American Indians and the US Government
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Northeast, Southeast
Additional Information John Ridge was a Cherokee Treaty Party leader and proponent of Cherokee emigration to the West.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 761
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue