G. Etherington letters
Seven letters, in French, June 10-July 14, 1763, written by Capt. George Etherington during the period of his captivity at L'Arbre Croche to Charles Langlade at Fort Michilimackinac.,Correspondence concerns the assignment of command of the fort to Langlade and instructions for its operation, the ransom of captive British soldiers, English traders held at the fort, wampum for the Ojibwa, and the assistance of the Ottawa chief, La Fourche.
- Creation: 1763
Language of Materials
Materials are in French.
Biographical / Historical
British captain of the Royal American Regiment commanding Fort Michilimackinac when it was attacked and taken by the Ojibwa Indians, June 2, 1763.,Most of the captured, including Etherington, were given up to the northern Ottawa and taken by them to L'Arbe Croche (now Cross Village, Mich.). Charles Langlade, the nephew of the Ottawa chief, La Fourche, remained at the fort and assumed command. He was instrumental in saving the lives of the English captives and securing the neutrality of the northern Ottawa in the general uprising led by Pontiac against the British. Etherington and his fellow prisoners were afterwards ransomed by Lt. James Gorrell, commander of the British garrison at Green Bay.
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Ownership and Custodial History
Forms part of the Edward E. Ayer Manuscript Collection (Newberry Library)
Butler, R.L. Checklist of mss. in the Ayer Coll.,,277
- Etherington, G. (George), 1722 or 1723-1802 -- Correspondence (Person)
- Edward E. Ayer Manuscript Collection (Newberry Library) (Organization)
- Great Britain. Army -- Colonial forces -- Michigan -- 18th century -- Sources (Organization)
- Great Britain. Army. Royal American Regiment, 60th -- Correspondence -- Officers (Organization)
- Langlade, Charles, 1728-1800 -- Correspondence (Person)
Genre / Form
- Cross Village (Mich.) -- History -- 18th century -- Sources
- Fort Michilimackinac (Mackinaw City, Mich.) -- History -- 18th century -- Sources
- Great Britain -- Colonies -- America -- Defenses -- History -- 18th century -- Sources
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