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Title Letter [manuscript]: Shabbona’s Grove, Ill., to Asa Guild, Milford, N.H., 1854 July 1
Author Guild, Rufus
Document Type Correspondence
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: July 1, 1854, letter from Rufus Guild in Shabbona Grove, Ill., to his brother, Asa Guild, in Milford, N.H., regarding the location and prospects of Shabbona Grove and the history of the town’s namesake, the Potawatomi chief, Shabbona. Guild notes that Shabbona, who was currently residing with his people west of the Mississippi, was given the land in thanks for his loyalty and friendship by a grateful U.S. government and later was cheated out of it; and mentions further details of Shabbona’s life -- warning white settlers of impending attack during the Black Hawk War and witnessing the death of Tecumseh during the War of 1812. Guild also praises the region’s fertile prairie and confides that although he is tempted by riches, he will continue his studies (presumably religious). News of family members is also included.
Names Guild, Asa; Shabni [Shabbona] (c.1775-1859); Tecumseh (1768-1813)
Places Shabbona Grove, Illinois, Milford, New Hampshire, Mississippi River, United States
Keywords family life, settlement, white settlement, white settlers, migrant, land grant, land seizure, chief, war, attack, Black Hawk War, War of 1812, religion, Christianity, death, government, government relations, pioneer, frontier
Theme Observation, Representation and Cultural Encounters; American Indians and the US Government
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Northeast
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 3084
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue