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Title Memorandum [manuscript]: Washington, [D.C.], 1852 July 21
Author Thompson, Richard Wigginton (1809-1900)
Document Type Correspondence
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: 1852 memorandum written by Thompson, possibly to the War Dept., relating the history of his representation of Menominee interests, and the terms of compensation agreed to by the tribe. According to Thompson, in 1850 a Menominee delegation requested his assistance in obtaining additional compensation for Wisconsin lands ceded in an 1848 treaty with the U.S. government and in exchanging Minnesota Crow Wing reservation lands for property in Wisconsin. The memorandum focuses on Thompson’s legal right to represent the Menominees and on the tribe’s promise to pay Thompson thirty percent of any additional funds obtained from the government. Powers of attorney and agreements (attachments A - E) supporting Thompson’s claims are not included.
Places Minnesota, Wisconsin, United States
Keywords government, government relations, compensation, reservation, land cession, lawyer, property, land exchange, compensation
Theme American Indians and the US Government
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Northeast
Physical Description Wisconsin, Washington, D.C., United States
Additional Information Virginia born Indiana lawyer, politician, and author who served in the Indiana legislature, 1834-1838, the U.S. Senate, 1840-1852, and briefly as Rutherford Hayes’ secretary of the navy.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 3177
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue