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    Two Native American Autograph Letters Signed, From 1845 and 1847. These two letters were written by Wilson McAlister. The first (8" x 8") is dated July 4, 1845, and is written to his brother and sister and reads in part: "Here is a spreading, and there stands a thrifty elm - now a walnut and locust, a cherry tree and box elder. The attraction as you pass on, is arrested - and you pause and look on, an enquiry - what are these - why - little cedars from one to ten feet high with a rich healthy appearance - And before you are through, with these pretty little natives - you raise your head - and ask - What is that? Is it rain? No! Is it wind? No. Well, what is it? Why - it is the river driving furiously against that bluff of rock down there. . . . Last Sunday I tried to preach my first Choctaw sermon. . . . We have prayer meetings and a week in theses meetings we have Choctaw prayers coming up to the same throne with the English - prayer." This letter is very fragile at the folds; many folds have separated, but ink is very bold.

    The second letter (7.5" x 9.5") is dated July 19, 1847, and discusses Wilson's return home to find his wife and children ill. He also wrote of members of the Choctaw Nation school who were sick. In part: "Two of our students are very sick - probably one of them will die - There is considerable sickness in the country. . . ." McAlister continues to write about the people he encountered. "When I arrived here - I found an old Choctaw Soker with a pure blooded native - a beautiful little boy, whom he had brought (to supply the place of some absent boy) by the name of Paul Lewis. . . he told me through an interpreter, that he left his child with me as a father and had no fears at all about my treating of him well. I told him if I were the father, he must allow me the privilege of naming the child." Toned with folds and seal remnants. Fine.

    The Choctaw people originally lived in the area that became the states of Mississippi and Alabama and gradually ceded their territories to the U. S. government. The last cession was made in 1830, following the Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek. The most extensive record of Choctaw people and lands in the east was generated as a result of this treaty. The Indian agent William Armstrong took a roll of the Choctaw who were entitled to land under the treaty. This roll, commonly called the Armstrong Roll, has been published in several forms, the most readily available being that which was published in American State Papers: Volume 7, part II, Index to Public Lands. American State Papers contain a very good surname index to this volume. The American State Papers series can be found in many public libraries and can serve as an important first step in locating an ancestor if you can identify the name of a male progenitor during the removal period (1830-46).


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