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    Indians of Michigan: Autograph Letter Signed by George Torrey. Three pages, 7.75" x 9.75", Charleston, Kalamazoo County [Michigan], July 25, 1844. Torrey, who considered himself and his neighbors "pioneers in an unsettled country", writes this letter to A. T. McReynolds of Detroit requesting that his friend be appointed an Indian agent: "My present object in writing is to learn wether [sic] you, as 'Indian Agent', have the disposal of appointments among the different bands of Indians whereby a friend of mine eminently qualified could be appointed to take charge of the farming operations of the Wakazoo Band of Labachroche Indians located on North Black river in Ottawa County. . . . the facts can offer good reasons why the present incumbent lately appointed with a salary of 400$ should not be employed & why one better qualified & more interested in the prosperity & improvement of the Indians should take his place." Torrey offers several reasons why his friend, a "single man" who "would devote his whole time to duties of his office & help the Indians clear their lands with his axe", should be appointed, but Torrey also wants to make sure that McReynolds, a lawyer, has "thorough information" about Torrey's nominee, including his politics: "I presume the political sentiments of my friend will have little or no bearing. Unlike me he is opposed to Henry Clay."

    Andrew T. McReynolds had settled in Detroit in 1833 and became a prominent officer in the territorial and state militias. He served as a major in the Mexican War and a colonel in the Civil War. This letter appears on toned paper with smoothed folds; the bold writing has bled-through, though text is easily legible.


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