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Title Legal documents [manuscript]: [ca. 1800]-1807
Author Gunn, Moses
Document Type Official Record
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Legal documents regarding the prosecution of the claim of Carver heirs Moses and Henry Gunn of Montague, Hampshire County, Mass., to a portion of the Carver land grant. Included are a ca. 1800 copy of the original land grant, and agreements and bonds, 1805-1807, outlining the responsibilities of Samuel Peters, a Connecticut clergyman turned speculator, and Samuel Harrison of Vermont, agent for the Carver heirs, in obtaining ratification of the claim with the U.S. Congress and the Sioux Indians. Also specified are the portions of the grant each party would receive.
Names Carver, Jonathan (1710-1780); Gunn, Henry; Peters, Samuel; Harrison, Samuel
Places Montague, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut, Wisconsin, Minnesota, United States
Keywords law, court, will, land grant, agent, Congress of the United States, government, legislature, land speculation
Theme American Indians and the US Government
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Northeast
Additional Information Jonathan Carver was heir and claimant, along with relatives and others, to a huge tract of land in Wisconsin and Minnesota supposed to have been granted to him by the Naudowessie or Western Sioux at the great cave of the upper Mississippi, May 1, 1767. The original grant has never been located, although a 1775 copy in Carver’s hand is extant, and was not made public until a year after his death, when it was mentioned in John Coakley Lettsom’s introduction to the 1781 edition of the Travels. Extensive efforts by agents of the Carver heirs and speculators to legitimize and profit from the grant came to naught when the U.S. Congress denied its validity in 1825.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 3035
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue