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Title [Report of the Committee on a visit to the Miami of the Pottowattomi Nations in 1802]: typescript, 1929 Jan. 8
Author Baltimore Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends. Committee Appointed for Indian Affairs
Document Type Official Record; Manuscript
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Report of the Oct. 15, c.1802 meeting of the committee on Indian concerns of the Baltimore Yearly Meeting of the Society of Friends. During an earlier meeting of the Baltimore Friends, two members, George Ellicott and Gerard T. Hopkins, were appointed to visit the Miami Indians, in order to instruct them in agriculture and husbandry, and to try to persuade them to adopt an agricultural way of life. Ellicott and Hopkins, along with Philip Dennis, make the trip to Miami territory west of Fort Wayne near the St. Joseph and the Wabash Rivers, between Feb. 23 and May 27, 1802, and exchange ideas with the Miami chiefs Little Turtle and Five Medals. While Dennis stays behind to work with the Indians and to teach them how to use agricultural tools, Ellicott and Hopkins return to Baltimore in May. Their report, read at the Oct. 15 Friends meeting, concludes that the adoption of farming by the Indians will be a gradual process.
Names Ellicott, George (fl.1800-1802); Hopkins, Gerard T.
Places Baltimore, Maryland, Midwest, Fort Wayne, St. Joseph River, Michigan, Wabash River, United States
Keywords farming, agriculture, education, cultural assimilation, Christianity, religion, Quaker, travel, Indian Agent, chief
Theme Missionaries and Education
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Northeast
Additional Information Typescript copy of Jan. 8, 1929, with ms. corrections and additions, transcribed from the 1802 ms. original in the collection of the Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference Ayer MS 273
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue