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Title Letter [manuscript]: [Washington, D.C.], to David Henley, [Knoxville, Tenn.], 1800 Nov. 19
Author United States, War Department
Document Type Correspondence
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: November 19, 1800, letter from the secretary of war, Samuel Dexter, concerning the mission of John Peter Brown, a Chickasaw Indian who was returning to Knoxville from the capital bearing this letter to David Henley, agent of the War Dept. Brown had travelled alone to Washington after his interpreter fell ill, and he had lost his official papers. Dexter and the president, with whom Brown had an audience, were unable to comprehend Brown’s message except for the repetition of the phrase, Captain Bowles. Thinking Brown might have news of the adventurer, William Augustus Bowles, the secretary instructed Henley to obtain a translation of the message and forward it to him.
Names Dexter, Samuel (1761-1816); Henley, David (1749-1823); Brown, John Peter; Bowles, William Augustus (c.1763-1805)
Places Knoxville, Tennessee, Washington, D.C., United States
Keywords agent, interpreter, translation, translator, address, politics, government, government relations
Theme American Indians and the US Government
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Northeast, Southeast
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 933
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue