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Title Ely Samuel Parker's letter to Horatio Ballard asking to be kept informed about proceedings of the Seneca Nation at Cattaraugus and Allegany
Archival Reference Mss.497.3.P223
Sub-collection Ely Samuel Parker Papers  
Author Parker, Ely Samuel (Hasanoanda) (1828-1895)  
Date 17 Jun 1862
Document Type Correspondence
Contents Letter to the Secretary of State, Albany, asking to be kept informed about the proposed proceedings of the Seneca Nation at Cattaraugus and Allegany "to enjoin the Seneca state annuity."
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 East  
Subjects Government and Politics  Seneca People  American Indians  Indigenous Peoples  Banking and Finance  
Places Cattaraugus; Allegany; New York; Alabama
People Parker, Ely Samuel (Hasanoanda) (1828-1895)  Ballard, Horatio  
Themes Indigenous Peoples
Library American Philosophical Society  
Copyright American Philosophical Society