THOMAS L. McKENNEY

(1785-1859) Commissioner of Indian affairs who recommended removal of the Cherokee and other major Southern tribes west of the Mississippi. McKenney is best remembered as co-author with James Hall, of "History of the Indian Tribes of North America" (1838-1844). The book is perhaps best known for its color plates depicting tribal leaders.

Scarce A.L.S., 4to, 2pp on one sheet, hand written “Office Indian Trade”, May 22, 1820.

Scarce Autograph Letter Signed from Thomas L. McKenney, as Superintendent of Indian Trade to Henry Thompson concerning trade matters. He writes in part: “… I direct that if 25 Cents cannot be got for the shaved skins, that 24 cents be taken, round, that is, with no deduction for damage, - and to be weighed to the purchaser in their present condition; - for the grey in hair 15 cents, and for the Red 20 cents taking for the reason you assigned, another endorser. Credit ninety days. I am not prepared to give in hair 15 cents, and for the Red 20 cents taking for the reason you assigned, another endorser. Credit ninety days. I am not prepared to give directions for the disposition of the article coming in the Brig Hale – further than to authorize you, on their arrival to report to me their condition… the Box of Books, when it arrives, you will have the goodness to ship to this place by Packet. It is not important that they should be hurried on faster than the regular packet-routes will bring them. The change in the Agency at New Orleans will not affect your agency in Baltimore. So far, I am gratified with your promptness, and the activity you carry into he trust which is reposed in you…” Signed, “Thomas L. McKenney”.

McKenney was appointed head of Indian trade in 1816 until Congress abolished the position in 1822 due to extensive corruption. McKenney letters seldom appear on the market, and letters with Indian-related content are especially desirable.

Item #1945

Price: $850.00