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Timothy Pickering letters

Identifier: VAULT box-Ayer-MS-926


Correspondence, dating mainly from 1795, of the secretary of war, Timothy Pickering, primarily with David Henley, War Dept. agent in the Territory of the United States, South of the River Ohio, but also with David Campbell, William Blount, and John McNairy, regarding Indian and militia affairs in what is now Tennessee. Much of the 1795 correspondence, including an extract of a letter to Gov. Blount and an Aug. 28, 1795, letter to Judge David Campbell, concerns the U.S. refusal to support the Chickasaws in a war with the Creeks, Pickering's rebuke of Blount for inciting the conflict, and his attempts to mollify the Chickasaw chief, William Colbert. Other matters include the shipment of goods for the Chickasaws, the appointment of an Indian factor, James Byers, for the Tellico Blockhouse, and frauds committed by contractors supplying the Indians. Two of the letters are written together with Oliver Wolcott, the secretary of the treasury.


  • Creation: 1795-1798
  • Creation: 1795



0.1 Linear Feet (23 folders)

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Arranged alphabetically by correspondent, and chronologically thereunder.

Ownership and Custodial History

Forms part of the Edward E. Ayer Manuscript Collection (Newberry Library)

Bibliographic References

Butler, R.L. Checklist of Mss. in the Ayer Coll., 926-930.

Processing Information

Letters by Pickering and Wolcott to John McNairy and David Henley formerly cataloged as Ayer MS 928-929. Letters to Gov. Blount and David Campbell formerly cataloged as Ayer MS 927 and 930.

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Part of the The Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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