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Auction: Auction 24.05.2002
was auctioned on: 24 May 2002
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NATIVE AMERICAN AFFAIRS]. DINSMOOR, Silas, Indian Agent . Autograph letter signed twice to Colonel David Henley, War Department Agent in Knoxville, "Jellico Blockhouse," [TN], 21 April 1797. 1½ pp., 4to, integral address leaf . Recommending that Mitc...

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Estimate: US$1,500 - US$2,000
Price realised:  US$1,554
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NATIVE AMERICAN AFFAIRS]. DINSMOOR, Silas, Indian Agent . Autograph letter signed twice to Colonel David Henley, War Department Agent in Knoxville, "Jellico Blockhouse," [TN], 21 April 1797. 1½ pp., 4to, integral address leaf . Recommending that Mitchel Sandwich receive a license to trade with the Cherokees; "Mr. Sandwich, since I came among the Cherokees has conducted himself with great propriety, & I believe, would be willing to cooperate in the measures of the government." In a postcript, he asks that the government regulate the fares of the local ferry, which is "pretty high," as it may "discourage others from coming to the public store." Dinsmoor, who aided runaway slaves and stated that "the policy of our government towards the Indian tribes was a harsh one" (Remini, Andrew Jackson , p. 392), was involved in several disputes with Andrew Jackson. -- PIERCE, Franklin (1804-1869), President . Document signed ("Franklin Pierce") as President, Washington, 5 February 1855. 1 p., 4to, minor browning along folds . Pierce orders the seal to be affixed to "A treaty with the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Indians concluded on the 19th day of September 1853." The Cow Creek Umpqua, lived in Southwest Oregon in the Pacific Coast Range, were the first Oregon tribe to sign a treaty with the United States Government to remove them from the land. The treaty, agreed to by Chief Miwaleta, gave the government all of their land in return for $12,000 (2.3 cents per acre). -- CURREY, Benjamin F. Autograph letter signed to Colonel R.E. Earle, "Cherokee Agency," 22 December 1834. 1 p., 4to, address leaf . Currey advises that two young Cherokee women have gone to Washington to testify about conditions in Georgia: "governed by a patriotic desire to serve their country...it is hoped their laudable object in going on & the peculiar complexion of Cherokee affairs at home will command such attentions from the citizens of Washington...in making known the true condition of their people." The Cherokees, long subject to encroachment of their lands, were forcibly removed in 1838, along a route to the West which became known as the "Trail of Tears." -- KILBY, C. Autograph letter signed to Thomas Hancock, Spring Garden, 13 January 1747. 2 1/8 pp., 4to, seal tear with minor loss of text . Kilby addresses concerns about financing during King George's War: "Our Grand Affair I mean that of the Province is brought to a crisis...respecting the method of using the Sterling money, that may be granted towards the discharge of the Bills issued in New England for carrying on the Expedition." Together four items . (4)

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Christie's
Title: Auction 24.05.2002
Date of the auction: 24 May 2002
Address: Christie's
New York, Rockefeller Center