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Title Ely Samuel Parker's letter to his brother, informing him of their father's ill health and advising him to return to Tonawanda to help their sister with family matters
Archival Reference Mss.497.3.P223
Sub-collection Ely Samuel Parker Papers  
Author Parker, Ely Samuel (Hasanoanda) (1828-1895)  
Date 7 Oct 1863
Document Type Correspondence
Contents Letter acknowledging receipt of news from Carrie that William Parker is sick and not expected to recover, and advising Nic to move with his family to Tonawanda as Carrie "cannot take care of everything."
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 Health and Medical  Women's History  Children and Family  Travel and Transportation  
Places Vicksburg; Missouri; Tonawanda Reservation; Genesee County; New York;
People Parker, Ely Samuel (Hasanoanda) (1828-1895)  Parker, Caroline (d. 1891)  Parker, Nicholson H.  Parker, William  
Themes Children & Family; Health & Medicine
Library American Philosophical Society  
Copyright American Philosophical Society