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Title Letter [manuscript]: Marais des Cygnes [River], to Mr. Pierre Chouteau, St. Louis, Mo., 1836 March 18
Author Giraud, Michel
Document Type Correspondence
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Letter, dated March 18, 1836, from Michel Giraud, from his trading post on the Marais des Cygnes River (Kan. and Mo.), to Pierre Chouteau of the Pratte Chouteau fur company in St. Louis, concerning a spring shipment of skins. Giraud advises Chouteau of the number and weight of the deer, muskrat, cow and ox skins he is shipping to St. Louis on Peltier’s barge, although it will be necessary to wait until May for favorable river currents. Giraud also mentions he will be sending otter and beaver skins, but is not yet sure of the number that will be available, since not all of the Osage Indian trappers have gone out to check their traps. He discusses payments and accounts, and concludes by offering Chouteau the services of his trading post for the coming year. The letter also names other fur traders, including Milliour, Papin, Sigueste, and Jefferson. Verso of leaf [2] of the letter bears the mailing address to "Messrs. Pratte Chouteau & Co., St. Louis, par Peltier," and filing information added by the recipients.
Names Chouteau, Pierre (1758-1849)
Places Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
Keywords Pratte Chouteau and Company, fur trade, fur trader, fur trapping, trade, commerce, payment, account, money
Theme Trade and Indian Economies
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Great Plains
Language French
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 326
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue