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Title Letter [manuscript]: Philadelphia, [Pa.], to His Excellency Governor [George] Clinton, 1779 June 30
Author Duane, James (1733-1797)
Document Type Correspondence
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: June 30, 1779, letter from James Duane in Philadelphia to George Clinton, governor of New York, regarding the lack of attention to Indian affairs in that state. Duane notes that the legislature has not appointed state commissioners, agents, or interpreters, and relies on the services of James Dean, agent for the Indian commissioners (three of whom are New Yorkers) appointed by the Continental Congress. Dean urges Clinton to appoint permanent resident agents to watch over the Indians’ conduct, facilitate land office and trade matters, and secure "the safety and tranquility of our frontiers".
Names Clinton, George (1739-1812); Dean, James (1748-1823)
Places Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, New York, United States
Keywords Indian agent, US War of Independence, Continental Congress, government, government relations, politics, frontier, commissioner, trade, interpretor
Theme American Indians and the US Government; Military Encounters: Conflicts, Rebellions and Alliances
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Northeast
Additional Information New York City lawyer and delegate to the first and second Continental Congresses, 1774-1783, where he focused on financial and Indian affairs. Duane was later mayor of New York, 1784-1789, and the first federal judge of the district of New York, 1789-1794.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 256
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue