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Title Orders [manuscript]: 1778 May 10
Author De Peyster, Arent Schuyler (1736-1822)
Date
Document Type Official Record; Correspondence
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Military orders dated May 10, 1778 written by Major Arent Schuyler De Peyster, commandant at Fort Michilimackinac. In this document De Peyster instructs all traders in the region to bring two or three Indians in their canoes to the fort for service to the King. De Peyster states that officers Langlade and Verville may not have a sufficient number of canoes for this purpose.
Names Langlade, Charles (1728-1800); Gautier de Verville, Charles
Places Fort Michilimackinac, Mackinaw City, Michigan, United States
Keywords British Colonialism, British North America, US War of Independence, armed forces, army, trade, directive
Theme American Indians and the European Powers; Military Encounters: Conflicts, Rebellions and Alliances
Culture Area Northeast
Language French
Additional Information Arent Schuyler De Peyster, British army officer, was born in 1736 the son of a prominent New York family. Following duty in the Seven Years’ War, De Peyster was appointed in 1774 commandant of Fort Michilimackinac, the only British-garrisoned outpost on the Great Lakes above Detroit during the American Revolution. He served in this capacity until 1779. With the assistance of his interpreter, Joseph-Louis Ainsse, and a former French officer and fur trader, Charles-Michel Mouet de Langlade, De Peyster was able to raise Indian war parties to fight in the British war effort on the western frontier. After the revolution, De Peyster returned to England and eventually retired to Scotland where he died in 1827.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 236
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue