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    Six 19th Century Manuscript Letters Regarding Indian Affairs. Included are the following items: 1). Manuscript Copy of two letters, 3.5 pages, the first, February 5, 1830, to Mr. James Holmes, Chickasaw Nation, with the second being to an anonymous Cherokee. Possibly a very important letter, this item touches upon the problems facing the Cherokee as their relocation from the Southeast becomes imminent. The letter reads in very small part: "...Their northern friends do not feel called upon to advise the Cherokees, on the question whether it will be for their interest to remove, or to remain on the land of their fathers..."; 2). Autograph Letter Signed, "F Harthy Crawford", one page, 7.75" x 9.5", Washington, D.C., nd, to Mr. H. Wythe, Baltimore County, Maryland. This letter examines a possible land deal with Choctaws; 3). Autograph Letter Signed, "F. Harthy Crawford", one page, 8" x 9.75", Washington, D.C., April 22, 1844, to Congressman Aaron V. Brown of Tennessee. It reads in part, "...The records of this office show that deeds, for the reservations located for the above named Indians, were approved by the President of the United States on 25. February 1843..." ; 4).Autograph Letter Signed, "Richard Hurdisty", 4 pages, 5" x 8", April 9, 1864, Lachine, Quebec, nd, to John W. Dodge, Hampton Falls, New Hampshire. after mentioning minor fights between the Blackfeet and Cree, the letter reads in part, "...I see in one of the st. Paul's papers that Governor Dallas has granted Major Hatch, who is stationed with four hundred troops at Pembina, permission to follow the Sioux Indians into Red River. I expect there will be short work made of them if the report is true..."; 5). Autograph Letter Signed, "Ric'd Hurdisty", 4 pages, 5" x 8", Carlton House, Saskatchewan, Canada, to John W. Dodge, Hampton Falls, New Hampshire. A travelogue penned by a visitor to the West and very possibly the most remarkable letter here. It reads in small part: "...There has been a great fatality, this last year, amongst all the plain tribes, but more so amongst the Blackfeet, When I was out hunting, I fell in with a great many tents, where the bodies have just been thrown in, to be torn and devoured by wolves...I hear the Sioux Indians are now paying dearly for the brutality they practiced along the frontier. No doubt they are doomed to be exterminated, and if not entirely, the few remaining will be so subdued, as never again attempt to raise the tomahawk, to avenge the wrongs, they imagine are practiced on them by the whites." With original postal cover having a Pembina, Dakota cancel; 6). Autograph Letter Signed, "R B Valkinburgh, 2 pages on Department of the Interior letterhead, 7.75" x 10", Washington, D.C., August 28, 1865, to C.D. Barrett, Bannock City, Montana. Barrett had been appointed an Indian agent, however seems to have done nothing but sponge off the government, Valkingburgh here demands an explanation. The letters are overall in very good to fine condition with normal folds and aging. From the Henry E. Luhrs Collection.

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