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Title Why Indians are now to be permitted to vote under certain conditions [manuscript]: in the land, erstwhile, of the Miamis and of the Pottawatomies letter, [1881?]
Author Edgerton, Alfred Peck (1813-1897)
Document Type Correspondence; Manuscript
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Typescript letter with manuscript corrections prepared by A. P. Edgerton probably around 1881, the year the Miami Indians on the Meshingomesia Reserve in Indiana were granted individual allotments and citizenship by the federal government. Constructed as correspondence from Peshkewah (1761?-1841), a Miami chief also known as John Baptiste Richardville, to Little Turtle (1747?-1812), also a Miami chief, the letter discusses past Miami-white relations and betrayals. It unfavorably contrasts the corrupt white man’s government with that of "ours as we knew it".
Names Peshkewah [John Baptiste Richardville] (c.1761-1841); Little Turtle (c.1747-1812)
Places Meshingomesia, Indiana, United States
Keywords government, government relations, war, chief, reservation, land tenure, landowner, citizenship, treaty, alcohol, money
Theme American Indians and the US Government
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Northeast
Additional Information Edgerton was a Hicksville, Ohio, and Fort Wayne, Indiana, politician and businessman.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 710
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue