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Collection Reference Number GLC04601.07
From Archive Folder Collection of 15 items related to the Mississippi territory, the Smith family, and the treason trial of Aaron Burr 
Title Israel Smith to Jedediah Smith regarding family matters, politics and the War of 1812
Date 1 January 1816
Author Smith, Israel (1763-1821)  
Recipient Smith, Jedediah  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Apologizes to his brother in Massachusetts for not writing back sooner. States that although he has not seen Jedediah since he was very young, he has fond memories of him and the place where he was born, Massachusetts. Mentions that his two sons have settled in Louisiana and formed a company with other men there. Discusses their accomplishments in service. Remarks that because he thinks for himself, he is called a Tory. The war (War of 1812) has taken its toll on his family because trade and communication has been virtually shut down. Relays that they must pay very high prices for all goods. Criticizes the administration for leading them into a war without good cause. Updates him on the lives of all his children.
Subjects Children and Family  Politics  War of 1812  Military History  Global History and Civics  Foreign Affairs  Merchants and Trade  Finance  Commerce  Government and Civics  
People Smith, Israel (1763-1821)  Smith, Jedediah (1752-1816)  
Place written Natchez, Mississippi
Theme Children & Family; Government & Politics; War of 1812; Merchants & Commerce
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 for conspiracy.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859