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Collection Reference Number GLC04601.13
From Archive Folder Collection of 15 items related to the Mississippi territory, the Smith family, and the treason trial of Aaron Burr 
Title B. Krepp to Nathaniel Wordin describing the area where he lives in Mississippi
Date 27 April 1835
Author Krepp, B. (fl. 1835)  
Recipient Wordin, Nathaniel  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Describes the area where he lives in Mississippi as a clearing in the middle of an immense forest with a few houses and about 1600 inhabitants, half of them slaves. Reports that they have a Methodist and a Presbyterian church and a temperance society which he has joined. Discusses his hope that temperance will spread and prevail over vice. Gives a description of the crops, the land, and the weather. Mentions that on the other side of the river is the Choctaw and Chickasaw nations. Comments that he believes the Indians are abused by the white men, who con them by getting the Indians drunk to buy their land cheaply. Describes seeing a tribe of 600 Indians and makes observations on their manners and customs. States there were several Negroes with them. Mentions fights he has witnessed in the town and states they are fairly common. Gives regards to family and friends and asks for news. On address leaf he writes that there has been a case of small pox that has many people frightened.
Subjects Disease  Frontiers and Exploration  African American History  Slavery  Immigration and Migration  Religion  Temperance and Prohibition  Alcohol  Epidemic  Morality and Ethics  Agriculture and Animal Husbandry  Geography and Natural History  American Indian History  Land Transaction  Forgery and Fraud  Health and Medical  Smallpox  
People Krepp, B. (fl. 1835)  Wordin, Nathaniel (fl. 1835)  
Place written Columbus, Mississippi
Theme Health & Medicine; Agriculture; Slavery & Abolition; Religion; Native Americans
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859