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Collection Reference Number GLC04601.02
From Archive Folder Collection of 15 items related to the Mississippi territory, the Smith family, and the treason trial of Aaron Burr 
Title Calvin Smith to Jedediah Smith regarding the Mississippi territory, family matters and agriculture
Date 11 December 1801
Author Smith, Calvin (1768-1840)  
Recipient Smith, Jedediah  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Begins by saying how happy he is to know Jedediah is alive. Tries to convince him to move to the Mississippi territory where the soil is so much more fertile than the stony ground of Massachusetts. Describes in detail all the advantages he would have if he moved. Gives him instructions and directions for the best way to make the journey. Talks about the mail for a bit. Mentions that the wife of Philander Smith, their brother, has died. Calvin informs that he and his wife have had a daughter. Discusses another brother named Luther who lives within the boundaries of Spanish territory and has nine slaves. Remarks that the crops were good notwithstanding the drought they experienced this year. States that this land is preferable to any in the Union. Gives regards to his family.
Subjects Children and Family  Immigration and Migration  Agriculture and Animal Husbandry  Travel  Women's History  Death  Slavery  Frontiers and Exploration  African American History  Global History and Civics  Foreign Affairs  Extreme Weather  
People Smith, Calvin (1768-1840)  Smith, Jedediah (1752-1816)  Smith, Luther (1770-1833)  Smith, Luther (1770-1833)  
Place written Natchez, Mississippi
Theme Children & Family; Agriculture; Women in American History; Slavery & Abolition; African Americans; Foreign Affairs
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information Jedidiah Smith (1726/27-1776), a minister from Granville, Massachusetts, left New England in 1776 with 11of his children. They became one of the first settler families of colonial Natchez, Mississippi territory. A member of the Smith family, Philander Smith, served as foreman on the grand jury trying Aaron Burr.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859