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Title Letters and agreement [manuscript]: Prairie du Chien, Wis., 1813-1842
Author Rolette, Joseph (1781-1842)
Document Type Correspondence; Official Record
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Correspondence, 1813-1836, regarding the fur trade business and other issues with Augustin Grignon, a fellow Wisconsin trader (Jan. 8, 1813); O.N. Bostwick, American Fur Co. agent in St. Louis (Sept. 29, 1836); and Pratte, Chouteau and Company (Sept. 29, 1836). Also Rolette’s Apr. 20, 1842, agreement to join Pierre Chouteau Jr. & Company as the Upper Mississippi Outfit in partnership with Dousman and Sibley. Business matters discussed include the unreadiness of the Indians for the hunt (1813); the whereabouts of traders and trade goods, and George Davenport’s complaints that Rolette was encroaching on his territory (1836). Letters also discuss construction and other supplies (1813), an Ojibwa attack (1824), and arrangements for a sick daughter’s journey to New Orleans.
Names Grignon, Augustin (1780-1860); Bostwick, Oliver N.; Davenport, George (1783-1845); Dousman, Hercules Louis (1800-1868); Sibley, Henry Hastings (1811-1891)
Places New Orleans, Wisconsin, Prairie du Chien, New York, United States
Keywords fur trade, fur trader, trade, American Fur Company, agent, Pratte Chouteau and Company, hunting, goods, supplies, business, attack
Theme Trade and Indian Economies
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Northeast, Southeast
Language French
Additional Information In 1804 Rolette arrived in Prairie du Chien, where until 1821 he was associated with several fur trading companies. An agent of the American Fur Company from 1821 to 1834, Rolette and his partners Hercules Dousman and H.H. Sibley in 1834 became stockholders in Ramsay Crooks’ reorganized American Fur Company and contracted to run its Western Outfit. In 1842, the three men transferred their trade to Pierre Chouteau Jr. & Co. of St. Louis.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 776
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue