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Title Letters [manuscript]: 1824-1834
Author Davenport, George (1783-1845)
Document Type Correspondence
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Correspondence, 1824-1834, of George Davenport regarding Indian and fur trade matters. Subjects include the pursuit by a Sauk and Fox war party of Sioux believed to have killed a party of white cattle drivers and their herd (1824); trade with the Winnebagos on the Rock River (1826); territorial incursions by other American Fur Company trade outfits (1826); the apprehension of Fox Indians responsible for murdering Menominee and Winnebago Indians (1834); and a controversy regarding the delivery of annuity goods (1834). Correspondents, all in St. Louis, include Oliver N. Bostwick and Russell Farnham (American Fur Company agents), and Pratte, Chouteau and Company (purchaser in 1834 of the Western Department of the American Fur Company).
Names Bostwick, Oliver N.; Farnham, Russell (1784-1832)
Places Rock Island, Rock River, Illinois, St. Louis, Missouri United States
Keywords Bernard Pratte and Company, American Fur Company, trade, fur trade, fur trader, murder, cattle, goods, commerce
Theme Trade and Indian Economies; Military Encounters: Conflicts, Rebellions and Alliances
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Northeast, Great Plains
Additional Information Soldier, Rock Island, Ill., fur trader, and a founder of Davenport, Iowa. Born in Lincolnshire, Eng., George Davenport served in the U.S. army for ten years and acted as a government provisions contractor in Kentucky before arriving in Rock Island in 1816. There he began to trade with the Sauk, Fox, and Winnebago Indians in Illinois, Iowa, and southern Wisconsin. Davenport joined the American Fur Company in 1822 and had charge of the trade from the mouth of the Iowa River north to the Turkey River.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 215
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue