James Wilkinson letters
Small collection of correspondence and a few orders written by James Wilkinson, military officer, western land speculator, and governor of Louisiana, between 1792 and 1818. The majority of the letters were written at Fort Washington and Fort Hamilton in Ohio and relate to Indian affairs and military operations in the Northwest Territory during the 1790s. The correspondents include quartermaster general Samuel Hodgdon, Pennsylvania militia officer John Armstrong, and Lieutenant William Simmons. Miscellaneous letters from the first two decades of the 1800s include two warrants to pay Choctaw chiefs Occhummia and Phufeiahomia for services rendered in 1802.
- Creation: 1792-1818
- Wilkinson, James, 1757-1825 (Person)
Biography of James Wilkinson
James Wilkinson, military officer, western land speculator, and governor of Louisiana, was born in Calvert County, Maryland in 1757. During the 1790s Wilkinson served in the military operations against Indians in the Northwest Territory. In 1805 he was appointed governor of Louisiana where became involved in the Aaron Burr conspiracy to create a southwestern empire. Although Wilkinson was acquitted of the charges, his reputation was permanently tarnished. Following the War of 1812, he was discharged from the military and moved to Mexico where he died in 1825.
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Ownership and Custodial History
Forms part of the Edward E. Ayer Manuscript Collection (Newberry Library).
Butler, R.L. Checklist of Mss. in the Ayer Coll., 982-992.
Processing Information Note
All items except "To the Miami, Shawanese, Delaware ... ", 1792 formerly known as Ayer MS 983-992.
- Simmons, William, -1805 -- Correspondence (Person)
- Armstrong, John, 1755-1816 -- Correspondence (Person)
- Wilkinson, James, 1757-1825 -- Correspondence (Person)
- Edward E. Ayer Manuscript Collection (Newberry Library) (Organization)
- Hodgdon, Samuel, 1745-1824 -- Correspondence (Person)
- Jones, Francis, active 1799 (Person)
- Newman, Daniel, active 1800 (Person)
- Occhummia, Choctaw Chief, active 1800 (Person)
- Phufeiahomia, Choctaw Chief, active 1800 (Person)
- Ricard, Captain, active 1799 (Person)
- Shamburgh, B., active 1818 (Person)
- United States. War Department -- Records and correspondence (Organization)
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- Fort Hamilton (Ohio) -- History -- 18th century -- Sources
- Fort Washington (Ohio) -- History -- 18th century -- Sources
- Northwest, Old -- History -- 18th century -- Sources
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