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Title Letter [manuscript]: Santa Fe, N.M., to [Samuel George Morton, Philadelphia, Pa.], 1850 July 3-4
Author Kern, Richard H. (1821-1853)
Document Type Correspondence
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: July 3-4, 1850, letter from Kern in Santa Fe to Samuel George Morton, an eminent Philadelphia physician and naturalist, regarding his activities and interest in the archeology and ethnology of the Southwest. Kern discusses his preparation of maps of the Pecos region for Lieut. Simpson, his plans to accompany Simpson on a trip to El Paso, his procurement of Indian skulls for Morton’s craniology studies, and his opposition to the advocates of New Mexico statehood. Kern comments on the unreliability of various works on the Indians, Simpson’s excellent report on the 1849 Navajo expedition, and the disastrous 1848 Frémont expedition. He also promises upon his return from El Paso to send his friend and patron accurate information about the Indians.
Names Morton, Samuel George (1799-1851); Simpson, James Hervey (1813-1883); Frémont, John Charles (1813-1890)
Places Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States
Keywords exploration, map, archaeology, expedition, ethnology, travel, state formation, government, military, politics
Theme Observation, Representation and Cultural Encounters; American Indians and the European Powers; Military Encounters: Conflicts, Rebellions and Alliances
Culture Area Southwest
Additional Information Artist, topographer, and explorer. A Philadelphia artist, art teacher at the Franklin Institute, and member of the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences, Richard Kern between 1848 and his death in 1853 accompanied four major mapping and scientific expeditions to the West, including John Charles Frémont’s tragic 1848 expedition to the southern Rockies and James H. Simpson’s punitive 1849 expedition against the Navajo. Between expeditions in Santa Fe, Kern did map and other project work for the Corps of Topographical Engineers.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 475
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue