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Title Letters [manuscript]: on board steamer Ancon and Metlakahtla [i.e. Metlakatla], Alaska, to Mr. [Edward E.] Ayer, 1889-1890
Author Duncan, William (1832-1918)
Document Type Correspondence
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Two letters, Jan. 25, 1889, and Apr. 29, 1890, written by William Duncan to Edward E. Ayer, a member of the Board of Indian Commissioners. Ayer undoubtedly met Duncan during the latter’s 1886-1887 eastern campaign to gain U.S. approval for the migration of approximately 800 Tsimshian Indians from British Columbia to Alaska. Duncan discusses an earlier (1888) meeting aboard the steamer, Ancon; progress on a canoe Ayer had ordered through him; problems with drunken white liquor smugglers; and the determination of unpaid native officers to enforce the law.
Names Ayer, Edward Everett (1841-1927)
Places Metlakatla, Alaska, United States
Keywords law and order, missionary, Christianity, liqor, smuggling, migrant
Theme American Indians and the US Government
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Northwest Coast
Additional Information Anglican lay missionary to the Tsimshian Indians in Metlakatla, B.C., 1857-1887, and in New Metlakatla, Annette Island, Alaska, 1887-1918.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 258
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue