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Title: James L. Britton American Indian Collection, 1820-1892Add to your cart.

ID: A/118

Primary Creator: Britton, James L.

Extent: 2.0 Volumes

Subjects: Britton, James L., Cherokee Indians -- History -- Sources, Indians of North America -- History -- Sources

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection consists of government documents, Presidential Messages, broadsides, monographs, and other early imprints concerning American Indian treaties, land claims, removal, wars, and appropriations. The bulk of the materials relate to Cherokee, but Choctaw, Seminole, Creek, Wyandot, Chippewa, and other tribes are included. The documents concern lands in the Southeast, Northwest, Midwest, and Southwest United States. The collection was accumulated by James L. Britton, a businessman of Houston, Texas.

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Britton, James L.
Cherokee Indians -- History -- Sources
Indians of North America -- History -- Sources

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Repository: East Texas Research Center

Access Restrictions: Open for research.


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1. Calhoun, J. C. Letter from the Secretary of War, transmitting a statement of all annuities payable by the United States to Indians or Indian tribes, or under treaties with Indians etc. December 4, 1820. 11 pp., Washington, Gales ~ Seaton, 1820.[14].

2. Crawford, William H. Letter from the Secretary of the Treasury transmitting a statement of the money expended in each year, since the Declaration of Independence, in holding conferences and making treaties with the Indian tribes, specifying grants and presents, whether in money or goods, annuities paid and now payable, to the Indian tribes, etc. December 5, 1820. 14+ pp. Washington, Gales ~ Seaton. 1820. [15].

3. Haile, William. The Committee on the Public Lands, to which was referred the resolution of the House of Representatives, of January 3d, directing the Committee to enquire into the expediency of granting the right of preference in the purchase to actual settlers on the public lands in the Choctaw District, State of Mississippi, etc. January 28, 1828. 5 pp. [Washington, 1828] 20th Congress, 1st Session, #102 House.

4. Poinsett, Joel R., Secretary of War. Report from the Secretary of War, in compliance with a resolution of the Senate of the 11th instant, in relation to the necessity of additional clerks in the Office of Indian Affairs. January 15, 1838. 6 pp. [Washington, 1838] 25th Congress, 2nd Session, #101 Senate.

5. Poinsett, Joel R., Secretary of War. Report from the Secretary of War in compliance with a resolution of the Senate of the 14th instant, transmitting the official report of the action of the 25th December, 1837, with the Seminole Indians. Colonel Zachary Taylor's report and charts of the action between the troops under his command and the Seminole Indians. February 21, 1838. 13 pp. Washington, Blair ~ River, 1838. 25th Congress, 2nd Session, #227 Senate.

6. Memorial of the Cherokee Delegation, submitting the memorial and protest of the Cherokee people to Congress. The memorial was signed by fifteen thousand six hundred and sixty-five members of the Cherokee people. April 9, 1838. 7 pp. Washington' Thomas Allen, 1838. 25th Congress, 2nd Session, #316 House.

7. Van Buren, Martin, President of the United States. The Cherokee Indians. Message from the President of the United States, transmitting a communication addressed by the Secretary of War to the Cherokee Delegation. May 22, 1838. 4 pp. [Washington, 1838] 25th Congress, 2nd Session, #376 House.

8. Poinsett, Joel R., Secretary of War. Removal of Cherokees. Letter from the Secretary of War transmitting the information called for by the resolution of the 23d instant, relative to additional allowance to the Cherokees. May 26, 1838. 1 pp. [Washington, 1838] 25th Congress, 2nd Session, #401 House.

9. Whittlesey, E. Report: The Committee of claims, to whom was referred Executive document No. 127 in which the President was authorized by suitable agents to inquire what depredations were committed by the Seminole and Creek Indians on the property of citizens of Florida, Georgia, and Alabama, etc. July 2, 1838. 11 pp. Washington, Thomas Allen, 1838. 25th Congress, 2nd Session, #1028 House.

10. Van Buren, Martin, President of the United States. Message from the President of the United States transmitting a report from Major General Jeship of his operations whilst commanding the army in Florida, in compliance with a resolution of the Senate of the 6th instant. July 7, 1838. 12 pp. Washington, Blair ~ Rives, 1838. 25th Congress, 2nd Session, #507 Senate.

11. Poinsett, Joel R., Secretary of War. Letter from the Secretary of War transmitting in compliance with the resolution of the House of Representatives of the 14th instant, the correspondence between the Department and General J. W. A. Sanford, etc. January 30, 1839. 22 pp. Washington, Thomas Allen, 1839. 25th Congress, 3rd Session, #127 House.

12. Memorial of the delegates and representatives of the Cherokee Nation, West to the honorable the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States, in Congress assembled showing that they had been sent to the seat of Government of the United States, by a people suffering under the most unprovoked and cruel oppression, etc. April 1, 1840. 15 pp. Washington, Blair ~ Rives, 1840. 26th Congress, 1st Session, #162 House.

13. Poinsett, Joel R., Secretary of War. Letter from the Secretary of War, in reply to the resolution of the House of Representatives of the 24th ultimo, relative to the plan proposed for the defense of the Western frontier; also, what tribes of Indians inhabit the country immediately West of Arkansas and Missouri. April 13, 1840. 14 pp. Washington, Blair ~ Rives, 1840. 26th Congress, 1st Session, # 379 Senate.

14. Poinsett, Joel R., Secretary of War. Letter from the Secretary of War transmitting the information required by the resolution of the House of Representatives of the 23d March last, respecting the progress which has been made in effecting a treaty with the Wyandot Indians, for the purchase of their lands in Crawford County, [Ohio], etc. May 15, 1840. 4 pp. Washington, Blair ~ Rives, 1840. 26th Congress, 1st Session, #205 Senate.

15. Van Buren, Martin, President of the United States. Message from the President of the United States in compliance with a resolution of the Senate of the 11th March last, a report from the Secretary of War, accompanied by a communication and other documents from the Commissioner of Indian Affairs. July 20, 1840. 13 pp. Washington, Blair ~ Rives, 1840. 26th Congress, 1st Session, #616 Senate.

16. Hughes, James M. [Report of T. Hartley Crawford] Removal of the Chippewa, Ottowa and Pottawatomie Indians. Report: The Committee on Indian Affairs, to whom were referred the resolutions of the Council and House of Representatives of the Territory of Iowa, relative to the removal of the Pottawatomie and other Indians, etc. May 29, 1844. 8 pp. Washington, Blair ~ Rives, 1844. 28th Congress, 1st Session, #519 House.

17. Buck, William C. Memorial of the Board of Managers of the American Indian Mission Association. The Board of Managers of the American Indian Mission Association in the City of Louisville and State of Kentucky, respectfully asks leave to present to the Congress of the United States the following representations and requests. The petition calls for removal of the tribes to territory west of the states of Missouri and Arkansas. January 13, 1846. 6 pp. Washington, Ritchie ~ Heiss, 1846. 29th Congress, 1st Session, Doc. No. 73 House.

18. Polk, James K., President of the United States. Message from the President of the United States communicating, in compliance with a resolution of the Senate, information in relation to the removal of the Chippewa Indians from the mineral lands of Lake Superior. June 24, 1846. 3 p. Washington, Ritchie ~ Heiss, 1846. 29th Congress, 1st Session, #403 Senate.

19. Atchison. The Committee on Indian Affairs, to whom was referred the petition of John A. Bryan. Report: Bryan, appointed Treaty Commissioner with the Wyandot Indians, upon completion of his service billed the Government for $824.00. April 14, 1848. 2 pp. [Washington, 1848] 30th Congress, 1st Session, #125 Senate.

20. McIlvaine. Report: The Committee on Indian Affairs, to whom was referred the resolution of the House instructing the committee to "inquire into the propriety of causing the sum allowed for the removal and subsistence, under the Cherokee treaty, to be paid to such Cherokees as were not required under the provisions of those treaties to remove west of the Mississippi." May 18, 1848. 17 pp. [Washington, 1848] 30th Congress, 1st Session, #632 House.

21. McIlvaine. The Committee on Indian Affairs, to whom was referred the resolution of the House instructing the committee "to inquire into the expedience of organizing a territorial government in the Indian country west of the Mississippi, to which the Indians have been removed by the government. June 27, 1848. 14 pp. [Washington, 1848] 30th Congress, 1st Session, #736 House.

22. Marcy, W. L., Secretary of War. Report of the Secretary of War communicating a report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, in relation to claims against the Cherokees, under the treaty of August 6, 1846. February 12, 1849. 189 pp. [Washington, 1849] 30th Congress, 2nd Session, #28 Senate.

Volume 2: 1851-1892Add to your cart.

1. Newlight, Rev. Aristarchus. Historic certainties respecting the early history of America developed in a critical examination of the Book of Chronicles of the Land of Ecnari. Advancement of the theory that the American Indian was descended from the lost tribes of Israel. 62 pp. London, John W. Parker, 1851.

2. Manypenny, George W. Letter from the Commissioner of Indian Affairs to the Chairman of the Committee on Indian Affairs, in regard to the Miami tribe of Indians. December 22, 1854. 4 pp. [Washington, 1854] 33rd Congress, 2nd Session, #7 House.

3. Manypenny, George W. Letter from the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, in regard to the claim of J. K. Rogers and other Cherokees. The Indian claim is not recommended by the Commissioner on the grounds of previous treaty conditions not observed by the Cherokees. January 16, 1855. 3 pp. [Washington, 1855] 33rd Congress, 2nd Session, #16 House.

4. Pierce, Franklin, President of the United States. Message from the President of the United States, transmitting a letter from the Secretary of War on the subject of Indian hostilities. January 18, 1855. 7 pp. [Washington, 1855] 33rd Congress, 2nd Session, #36 House.

5. Pierce,Franklin, President of the United States. Message from the President of the United States suggesting a modification of existing laws in reference to treaties with the Indian tribes of Kansas Territory, etc. January 30, 1855. 6 pp. [Washington, 1855] 33rd Congress, 2nd Session, #45 House.

6. Pierce, Franklin, President of the United States. Message from the President of the United States transmitting estimates of appropriations for the execution of articles of agreement entered into with the Wyandott Indians. March 3, 1855. 2 pp. [Washington, 1855] 33rd Congress, 2nd Session, #88 House.

7. Pierce, Franklin, President of the United States. Message from the President of the United States transmitting a report as to the cause of the difficulties between the Creek and Seminole Indians. March 17, 1856. 2 pp. [Washington, 1856] 34th Congress, 1st Session, #58 House.

8. Pierce, Franklin, President of the United States. Message of the President of the United States communicating a report from the Secretary of the Interior containing estimates of appropriations required in fulfillment of treaty stipulations with certain Indian tribes. May 16, 1856. 25 pp. [Washington, 1856] 34th Congress, 1st Session, #69 Senate.

9. Pierce, Franklin, President of the United States. Message from the President of the United States communicating in further compliance with a resolution of the Senate of the 30th ultimo, information respecting the proclamation of martial law in the Territory of Washington, etc. February 13, 1857. 11 pp. [Washington, 1857] 34th Congress, 3rd Session, #47 Senate.

10. Stevens, Isaac I. Speech of Hon. Isaac I. Stevens, of Washington Territory, on the Indian War Expenses of Washington and Oregon delivered in the House of Representatives. February 21, 1859. 16 pp. Washington, Lemmel Towers, 1859.

11. Thompson, J. Letter of the Secretary of the Interior in explanation of certain items in the estimates of appropriations for Indian service in Utah Territory. March 13, 1860. 4 pp. [Washington, 1860] 36th Congress, 1st Session, #32 House.

12. Thompson, J. Letter of the Secretary of the Interior in answer to the inquiry of the chairman of the Committee of ways and means as to whether the appropriations for Ponca and other Indians might not be deferred until the next session of Congress. March 13, 1860. 2 pp. [Washington, 1860] 36th Congress, 1st Session, #33 House

13. Holt, J. Letter from the Secretary of War, Ad Interim, transmitting additional estimate for suppression of Indian hostilities in New Mexico. The estimate of $709,435 was to prosecute the Navajo War and to suppress the Comanche and Kiowa. January 17, 1861. 3 pp. [Washington, 1861] 36th Congress, 2nd Session, #33 House.

14. Usher, John P. Letter from the Secretary of the Interior transmitting a bill for the survey and sale of certain Indian reservations in California and to provide for establishing certain other Indian reservations in that state. February 3, 1863. 3 pp. [Washington, 1863] 37th Congress, 3rd Session, Doc. 49.

15. Brunot, Felix R., Board of Indian Commissioners. Papers relative to the Confederacy of Indian tribes. Resolved, that this Board...solicit the President of the United States to recommend to Congress such legislation... to encourage and secure permanency to the Government organized by the Indians in the Indian Territory, etc. January 24, 1871. 6 pp. [Washington, 1871] 41st Congress, 3rd Session, #49 House.

16. Kerr. Report: The Committee on the Judiciary, to whom were referred the memorials in behalf of the Choctaw Nation, having had the same under consideration, respectfully report: That in their judgment under...the Treaty of April 28, 1866...the Choctaw Indians are entitled to $250,000 of bonds of the United States, etc. February 27, 1871. 4 pp. [Washington, 1871] 41st Congress, 3rd Session, #41 House.

17. Arthur, Chester A., President of the United States. Message from the President of the United States transmitting a communication from the Secretary of the Interior relative to the establishment of an Indian training school on the site of old Fort Ripley, in Minnesota. April 18, 1882. 4 pp. [Washington, 1882] 47th Congress, 1st Session, #175 House.

18. Cleveland, Grover, President of the United States. Message from the President of the United States transmitting a communication from the Secretary of the Interior, relative to legislation for the Chippewa Indians in Minnesota. January 25, 1886. 7 pp. [Washington, 1886] 49th Congress, 1st Session, #44 Senate.

19. Cleveland, Grover, President of the United States. Message from the President of the United States transmitting a communication from the Secretary of the Interior relative to the sale of certain land of the Sac and Fox Indians in Nebraska. March 3, 1886. 3 pp. [Washington, 1886] 49th Congress, 1st Session, #83 Senate.

20. Harrison, Benjamin, President of the United States. Message from the President of the United States, transmitting a letter of the Secretary of the Interior relative to the purchase of a part of the Coeur d'Alene Reservation. December 18, 1889. 91 pp. [Washington, 1889] 51st Congress, 1st Session, #14 Senate.

21. Harrison, Benjamin, President of the United States. Message from the President of the United States transmitting a communication from the Secretary of the Interior, submitting an agreement with certain Indians for the cession of lands in Oklahoma Territory. January 6, 1892. 18 pp. [Washington, 1892] 52nd Congress, 1st Session, #14 Senate.

22. Harrison, Benjamin, President of the United States. Message from the President of the United States transmitting a communication from the Secretary of the Interior submitting an agreement with the Indians of the Colville Reservation for the cession of a part of their lands. January 6, 1892. 29 pp. [Washington, 1892] 52nd Congress, 1st Session, #15 Senate.

23. Harrison, Benjamin, President of the United States. Message from the President of the United States transmitting a communication from the Secretary of the Interior submitting an extract from the report of the commission for the relief of the Mission Indians in California and other papers relating to the exchange of lands, etc., with a draft of a bill to carry into effect the recommendation of said commission. January 26, 1892. 18 pp. [Washington, 1892] 52nd Congress, 1st Session, #96 House.


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