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Title Letters [manuscript]: 1834-1835
Author McKenzie, Kenneth (1797-1861)
Document Type Correspondence
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Two letters (Sept. 27, 1835, Fort Pierre, S.D.; Mar. 20, 1834, Fort Union, N.D.) addressed to Pratte, Chouteau & Co. in St. Louis and to "Baron de Braunsberg." The first, written on a trip up the Missouri to an unspecified destination, requests good news and newspapers. The second, to the Prince of Wied Neuwied, who was then engaged in a two-year natural science expedition to the American West, concerns McKenzie’s failure to procure a specimen of "Le Gros Corne" and arrangements to escort the traveler down the Missouri.
Names Wied, Prinz von, Maximilian (1782-1867)
Places Fort Union, North Dakota, Fort Pierre, South Dakota, United States
Keywords Pratte Chouteau and Company, fur trade, fur trader, trade, commerce, economy, business, travel, science, expedition, exploration
Theme Trade and Indian Economies
Culture Area Great Plains
Additional Information Fur trader and wealthy St. Louis businessman. Emigrating from Scotland in 1816, McKenzie worked as a clerk for the North West Company and later oganized and served as president of the Columbia Fur Company. When this firm merged in 1827 with the American Fur Company, McKenzie guided the operations of its Upper Missouri Outfit from Fort Union, N.D. After an ill-fated attempt to evade federal liquor shipment prohibitions by distilling whisky for the Indian trade, McKenzie retired in 1834 to a lucrative business career in St. Louis.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 554
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue