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Title Ely Samuel Parker's letter to a friend, apologising for not making promised social visit
Archival Reference Mss.497.3.P223
Sub-collection Ely Samuel Parker Papers  
Author Parker, Ely Samuel (Hasanoanda) (1828-1895)  
Date 2 Oct 1859
Document Type Correspondence
Contents Letter to an old friend, explaining an unfilled promise to call on her [?] and Mr. and Mrs. Colman when he was in New York in August.
Sub-collection Information A Sachem and Civil War adjutant to Ulysses Grant, Ely Samuel Parker was an important figure in the Seneca Indian nation during the first half of the nineteenth century. Trained as an engineer, Parker was deeply involved in the Senecas' land disputes with the Ogden Land Company and he played an important role in interpreting Seneca culture for a white audience, most notably as a consultant for Lewis Henry Morgan.

Collected by Arthur C. Parker, the Ely Samuel Parker Papers include correspondence, manuscripts, and printed materials relating primarily to Seneca affairs, history, language, and culture, as well as politics, education, engineering, and the Civil War. Among Parker's correspondents were Henry Clay, Millard Fillmore, Henry M. Flagler, Lewis Henry Morgan, Henry Rowe Schoolcraft, Daniel Webster, and Asher Wright. Several letters relate to Parker's service as engineer of public buildings in Galena, Illinois, and to his Masonic activities. Among the noteworthy items in the collection are several essays on Seneca history and culture, a fragment of Parker's diary, 1847, and a significant quantity of material on the Seneca language assembled by Asher Wright.
Region American Midwest  American East  
Subjects Leisure, Entertainment and Social Life  Labour and Employment  Towns and Cities  Women's History  
Places Galena; Illinois; New York
People Parker, Ely Samuel (Hasanoanda) (1828-1895)  
Themes Arts & Entertainment
Library American Philosophical Society  
Copyright American Philosophical Society