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Title Ely Samuel Parker's letter to his brother Nicholson, informing him of discussion held with Commissioner Dole and his refusal to recognise Chief government at Cattaraugus
Archival Reference Mss.497.3.P223
Sub-collection Ely Samuel Parker Papers  
Author Parker, Ely Samuel (Hasanoanda) (1828-1895)  
Date 19 Nov 1864
Document Type Correspondence
Contents Brief letter giving highlights of a long talk with Commissioner Dole. The latter will not recognize the Chief government at Cattaraugus, is willing to treat with the New York Indians for their Kansas claims, and believes Rich is the strongest man for the New York agency.
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  American Midwest  
Subjects Indigenous Peoples  American Indians  Seneca People  Government and Politics  Land Transaction and Property  
Places Cattaraugus; New York; Washington; City Point; Kansas
People Parker, Ely Samuel (Hasanoanda) (1828-1895)  Parker, Nicholson H.  
Themes Indigenous Peoples
Library American Philosophical Society  
Copyright American Philosophical Society