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Title This is to inform you that the misfortune that has happened to the two American men on the main road from Kentucky... [manuscript]: Big Rock, [Ohio], to Colonel W[illia]m Ward and Major Simon Kantun [i.e. Kenton]: letter, 1799 Aug. 25
Author Eight Wyandotte Chiefs
Document Type Correspondence
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Explanatory letter, Aug. 25, 1799, from eight Wyandot chiefs to William Ward and Simon Kenton (who had recently settled in Springfield, Ohio), outlining the events leading up to the murder of two Americans by two young Wyandot Indians. The chiefs explain that white men had previously stolen a horse, bridle, and saddle from the Indians and that the Indians killed the two men while attempting to replace their lost property. The chiefs do not excuse the crime, but express the hope that the incident would not disrupt the peace and friendship currently existing between the two parties.
Names Kenton, Simon (1755-1836); Ward, William (1752-1822)
Places Springfield, Ohio, United States
Keywords chief, personal account, murder, horse, horse stealing, peace, frontier, pioneer
Theme Military Encounters: Conflicts, Rebellions and Alliances
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Northeast
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 1019
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue