Harrison Letter Added to Extensive IHS Collection
With the generous assistance of member David Meyer, IHS acquired a rare Sept. 23, 1812, letter signed by “Willm. Henry Harrison” as Commander of the Army of the Northwest. The one-page letter, purchased at Swann Auction Gallery’s November sale, is to William Eustis, ordering him to pay $3,000 to Thomas Bodley for supplies and transportation for the Northwestern Army. The manuscript will be conserved and added to the already significant William Henry Harrison Collection at IHS. This collection consists primarily of letters and documents written by Harrison from 1794 to 1840. Included are his letters to the U.S. secretaries of war discussing Indian relations, treaty negotiations and military affairs during the War of 1812; his War of 1812 letters to Gov. Return Jonathan Meigs of Ohio and Gov. Isaac Shelby of Kentucky (1812 to 1814); other correspondence regarding military operations against the Indians (1811) and during the War of 1812; correspondence regarding Northwest Territory and Indiana Territory Politics, including his letters to Thomas Worthington of Ohio (1790s to 1810s); papers regarding the administration of the Indiana Territory, including appointments, petitions and acts of the territorial legislature; and receipts, provisions returns and other military documents from Greenville and Fort Washington (1794 to 1797).