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Document Number: AJ-148
Author: Clark, William, 1770-1838
Title: Letters and Documents Related to a Dispute of the Potawatomi Indians, St. Louis, March 1815 [manuscript]
Source: Draper Manuscripts: William Clark Papers, 2 M 18-21, Wisconsin Historical Society.
Pages/Illustrations: 5 / 0
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Author Note

After returning from the 1804-1806 expedition, William Clark was appointed U.S. Superintendent of Indian Affairs (1807-1813), governor of Missouri Territory (1813-1821) and then Superintendent of Indian Affairs again (1822-1838). The documents given here show him at work resolving a grievance of the Potawatomi Indians. For more biographical data on Clark, see the introduction to document AJ-100a.

Document Note

In 1846 Clarks nephew, Dr. John Croghan, gave to Lyman Copeland Draper the familys manuscripts related to William and George Rogers Clark (1752-1818) as well as other relatives. He also included the research notes and manuscripts assembled by two previous biographers of Clark. Draper continued to acquire and interfile Clark family papers for forty-five more years, until they filled more than eighty bound volumes. Precisely when and how the documents given here were obtained is not known. They are housed in volume 2M (William Clark Papers), pages 18-22

Other Internet and Reference Sources

For other early St. Louis documents see AJ-088, AJ-100a, AJ-126, and AJ-149.

The early history of the city is told by the St. Louis planning commission at

A useful starting point for information about the Missouri region during these years is the Library of Congress online exhibit, Rivers, Edens and Empires: Lewis and Clark and the Revealing of America, at

Other relevant documents can be viewed at the Library of Congress American Memory project in its Louisiana Purchase Legislative Timeline at These include the House of Representatives report on the Explorations of the Western Waters of the United States by Lewis and Clark, and documents concerning their appointments as governors of Missouri and Louisiana after the expedition.

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