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Louisiana Territory Letters

Submitted by Houston Tracy, Jr. TreSearch3@aol.com

According to the Act to create the Louisiana Territory, Congress gave William Henry Harrison as Governor and the Justices of the Indiana Territory the right preside over the people in the Louisiana Territory, until they had established a self-supporting government there.

Copy of a Letter written by and signed as Willm. "Harry" Harrison 18 Nov 1803 at Vincennes (Indiana Territory) to The Honorable Charles Dehault Delashes. [I'm sure this is a phonetic spelling of this Frenchman's surname] Text is in English. This is just one month before the Louisiana Purchase was finalized and signed on 20 December 1803 in a secret room in the Spanish Cabildo building in New Orleans.

Found on microfilm copy of the originals housed in the Archives of Seville, Spain; Papeles des Procedentes de Isla Cuba [The Cuban Papers]. Most of this archive houses papers originating and/or dealing with the continental U.S. Documents appear in the languages of Spanish, French, English, Flemish, Dutch and possibly others. The first three being the most common.

Legajo [Bundle] 220-B, Folio 301 . [The documents were folded and stacked, then tied into neat bundles for shipment from Cuba to Spain in the 1880’s. They were removed 1804-1812 from the various outposts in the Spanish Provinces, primarily from the Gulf South, Mississippi River and Carribbean Islands, but remained in Cuba. Hence their name.] Text is presented here, as near to the original, with added text, for clarification] in brackets. The one time use of parentheses was in the original. Submitted by Houston Tracy, Jr. TreSearch3@aol.com

 

LETTER FROM WILLIAM H. HARRISON, GOVERNOR OF THE INDIANA TERRITORY AND THE UPPER LOUISIANA TERRITORY (West of the Mississippi River) TO ANTONIO SOULARD, SURVEYOR GENERAL, DISTRICT OF LOUISIANA;
Dated at St. Louis, 8 November 1804 As Defined In The Act of Congress To Create The Territory of Louisiana

National Archives Microcopy No. 200, Roll 5
Territorial Papers of the Senate, 1789-1873
Orleans Territory, Feb 26 1803 - Dec 26 1815


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