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TCHA ID Number1-17(38)
Purdue ID Numbergwb1f17i38
TitleLetter copy-book
CreatorWinter, George, 1810-1876
DescriptionLetter copy-book (18 sheets, 7 blank); includes:
Description ContinuedLetter (copy) From: George Winter, Lafayette, June 26, 1863 To: Lasselle LS, 3 p. Requesting assistance in tracing the origin and meaning of the name "Wabash." G.W. does not think it is a Potawatami word, for reasons he details. Letter (copy) From: G.W., Lafayette, June 27, 1863 To: Biddle LS, 4 p. Requesting Biddle to persist in attempting to learn the name of O-ga-mass' wife. G.W. knew them when he spent a few weeks at Kee-waw-nay village in 1837. Description of O-ga-mass' appearance, status, the meaning of his name, and his tendency to drunkenness. G.W. would also like the name of We-wiss-ea's mother; description of him (of whom G.W. has a sketch). Rumour that his mother was killed by the family during the emigration of 1838. Suggests that Biddle question General Grover about this, as he was with the emigration. A portrait G.W. had made of Barron was published in Harper's Magazine, July 1863, without his permission or payment to him. The author of the article had visited G.W.'s studio and admired his sketches of Tippecanoe Battleground and Prophetstown, done in 1840. That author also made erroneous statements regarding Barron's activities and neglected the role of Capt. (later General) Walter Wilson. Letter (copy) From: G.W., Lafayette, June 22, 1863 To: Genl. N. D. Grover, Logansport LS, 70. (4 sheets) G.W. was commissioned by James Walker of Rhode Island to sketch the Potawatamis mentioned in treaties, and to bind these images in book form together with manuscripts relating to those individuals. G.W. was to be paid only enough to cover expenses; recalling the happy days of 1837 would be payment enough. Requests Grover to write a short MS on his days among the Indians of the Wabash, particularly dealing with the treaties and payments with which he was involved. G.W. would give Grover credit in his Journal for any such information. Also lists a number of Indian names for which he requests clarification. Walker died nearly a year ago, but G.W. is continuing his work on the book. Wishes he had a patron to finance his work; some of his ideas will never be able to be developed, and will be lost. Deplores the materialism of the world, which does not properly respect such efforts. Grover would be particularly interested in his sketch of Brute's last sermon at Horney's Mill. G.W. found it difficult to sketch many Miamis, due to their superstitions, but does have portraits of Francis Godfroy, Jim Godfroy, Beau-ri-ette, Kill-com-manch-a-ah, Sach-hum, Pee-waw-pay-O, C. Carter, Ben Smith, Frances Slocum, and others.
SubjectsWinter, George, 1810-1876--Correspondence
Indians of North America--Indiana
Business & finance
RepositoryTippecanoe County Historical Association
RightsImages in the George Winter Collection should not be used without written permission from the Tippecanoe County Historical Association. To obtain reproduction rights and prices, contact the Tippecanoe County Historical Association, http://www.tcha.mus.in.us
Date of Original1863
Extent of Original18 leaves ; 25 cm.
CollectionGeorge Winter Collection
Date Digitized7/25/2006
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Resolution300 ppi
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URI ark:/34231/c6q23x57