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Title Letter [manuscript]: Opelousas, [La.], to Dear Sir, 1806 Mar. 5
Author Magruder, Allan Bowie (1775-1822)
Document Type Correspondence
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: March 5, 1806, letter from Magruder, in his capacity as federal land agent, to an unknown correspondent, regarding the federal law governing the registration of land claims in Louisiana and the status of registration in his Opelousas, La., district. Magruder states that the time limit on surveys imposed by Congress is unrealistic and must be extended. He also argues that certain provisions of the law, such as the requirement that Indian titles be extinguished, reflect an ignorance of the actual situation in Louisiana. Magruder also notes that about 700 claims have been brought forward out of an estimated 5,000 to 6,000 within the district, and predicts that most will be confirmed, which will "conciliate the affections of the people in this remote part of the Empire".
Places Opelousas, Louisiana, United States
Keywords agent, land tenure, law, land claim, government
Theme American Indians and the US Government
Culture Area Southeast
Additional Information Magruder was a U.S. senator, lawyer, and author. Born in Kentucky, he practiced law at Lexington before his appointment as federal land agent at Opelousas, La., July 8, 1805. He was dismissed from this post in 1806, and resumed his law practice at Opelousas, 1806-1812 and 1813-1822. Magruder served on the committee to draft the Louisiana constitution in 1812 and in the U.S. Senate, Nov. 3, 1812-Mar. 3, 1813. He was the author of "Reflections on the cession of Louisiana" (1803) and had collected material for a general history of the North American Indians, which was left unfinished at his death in 1822.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 558
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue