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Title Letter [manuscript]: Albury, Surrey, Eng., to Daniel Webster, [Washington, D.C.], 1851 Dec. 19
Author Tupper, Martin Farquhar (1810-1889)
Document Type Correspondence
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: December 19, 1851, letter to Daniel Webster, U.S. secretary of state, urging him to once again push the Congress to acquire George Catlin’s "American Museum". Due to Catlin’s indebtedness, his Indian paintings and artifacts, then in England, were in danger of "being sold piecemeal," and Tupper hoped the U.S. government would rescue the intact collection and preserve it for the American people.
Names Catlin, George (1796-1872); Tupper, Martin Farquhar (1810-1889)
Places Albury, England; United States
Keywords art, debt, government
Theme Observation, Representation and Cultural Encounters; American Indians and the US Government
Additional Information Though Webster’s efforts again proved fruitless, the collection was obtained and shipped to Philadelphia by American locomotive manufacturer Joseph Harrison, whose widow later gave it to the United States National Museum (Smithsonian).
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 903
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue