[Pennamite-Yankee War] Timothy Pickering Autograph Letter Signed "T. Pickering" as Pennsylvania militia colonel. Four integral pages, written on pages one and two, addressed on page four, 6.25" x 7.75", May 29, 1787, Wilkesburg, Pennsylvania. The letter is addressed to Charles Biddle, vice-president of Pennsylvania and father of Nicholas Biddle, and tells of Pickering's opening the first courts in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. The move was designed to establish Pennsylvania's authority over the Wyoming Valley and end the years of conflict between settlers from Connecticut who claimed the land along the North Branch of the Susquehanna River and settlers from Pennsylvania who laid claim to the same territory. The conflict, known as the Pennamite-Yankee War, began in 1769 with the first Connecticut settlement. In an effort to settle the long-standing dispute, Pennsylvania passed an Act in 1787 establishing Luzerne County in the valley and appointed Colonel Timothy Pickering, Colonel Zebulon Butler, and Colonel John Franklin as commissioners for an election to elect a councilor, a member of the assembly, a sheriff, a corner, three commissioners and justices of the peace.

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