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Elijah Backus letter

 Collection — Box: 3
Identifier: MS-SC58
Scope and Contents Elijah Backus (1759-1811) was the receiver of public monies in the Kaskaskia, Illinois, land office.

Consists of one letter by Elijah Backus (1759-1811) to Robert Morrison, August 7, 1808. Backus sent a veiled threat to Robert Morrison, whom Backus accuses of making defamatory remarks. The tone of the letter indicates the hostile feelings prevalent in Kaskaskia at the time culminating in the murder of Rice Jones, December 7, 1808.
Dates: Created: 1808

Robert Morrison letters

 Collection — Box: 62
Identifier: MS-SC1079
Scope and Contents Letters, 1805-1807, to Joseph discuss land speculation especially with regard to the "large numbers of people coming from Europe", the Indiana legislature, the governor's corruption and the need for Illinois Territory to break away from Indiana, mail contracts and slavery (Morrison owned slaves). Letter,1814, from Joseph to Anne, while in Pittsburgh on bank business. Letter, 1847, to Anne from Eloise Morrison discuss family news and the Mexican War. Two letters, 1850, from Jacksonville, one to...
Dates: Created: 1805 - 1853

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