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Indian Goods and Compensation for Service

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Date June 30, 1797
Author Name Isaac Craig (primary) Location: Pittsburgh
Recipient Name Samuel Hodgdon (primary) Location: Philadelphia
Summary Payment of P.Petil to be completed. Receipt of cash invoices for Indian goods due Pottawatomie, Kickapoo, Delaware, and Weea Nations. R. Cochran delivered Indian goods for Ottawa and Chippewas which are now bound for Le Boeuf. Exasperated with claims submitted for service in clothing and ordnance department that have not been paid. Requests Hodgdon purchase a tract of land facing coal hill in Pittsburgh from Physick.
Document Format Autograph Letter Signed
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Related Persons/Groups Samuel Hodgdon; Isaac Craig; Peter Petil; Peter Petit; Pottawatomie; Kickapoo; Delaware; Weea; Indians; Indian Nation; Ottawa; Chippewa; Robert Cochran; wagoner; waggoner; Secretary of War; Captain Alexander Fowler; Edmund Physick; agent; Clothing Department; Ordnance Department; Proprietors of Pennsylvania; ;
Related Places Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; Le Boeuf; Clothing Department; Ordnance Department; Monongahela; river; Pennsylvania; coal hill; ;
Keywords boat; cash invoices; sail; duck blocks; anchors; sloop Detroit; sloop; Indian goods; coal; land; claim of compensation; tract of land; purchase; plan; coal; ;
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Sir
Pittsburg 30 June 1797
Your letter of the 13th instant by Mr. Peter Petit has been handed to me by him and I have not nor shall I neglect to pay him
every necessary attention he is already accommodated with a boat and expects to embark tomorrow.
Your letter of the 23. Covering four cash Invoices, viz: Delaware, Pottawatmi, Kickapoo & Weea Indian Goods is received
On the 24th Robert Cochean Waggoner arrived and delivered Bale No 1 Ottawa & Box No 5. Chipewa Indian Goods together with the sail duck Planks anchors &ca for the Sloop Detroit in good order and on the 27. articles were shipt for Le Boeuf
I have this day to accommodate Captain Alexander Fowler drawn on you in his favor for 150 dollars at 5 days sight which be pleased to pay and charge as usual
I expect that the Secretary of War would have had leisure in the course of more than a whole year to have decided on my claim of compensation for services in the Cloathing and Ordnance departments. His thus delaying a decision appears somewhat like a contemptuous treatment of my application be pleased to call upon him again at a proper time
And I have also to beg of you to take the trouble of calling upon Edmund Physick agent for the late Proprietors of Pennsylvania, and endeavor to negociate a purchase of a small Tract of land in Pittsbg Manor being a part of the face of the Coal hill the enclosed draft extracted from the General Plan shews that it contains 37 acres 130 perches together with 5 lots of 8 perches each making in the whole about 48 acres & which the former agents had estimated at one dollar per acre, but as I have now an opportunity of improving it to considerable advantage I wish you to purchase it at any price not exceeding 5 dollars per acre
It is probable that Mr. Physick may be unacquainted that there is not an acre of tillable Land on all that tract the whole of it being a
precipice and not at all valuable to Pittsburg for the Strata of Coal that it contains the town being more conveniently supplied from the other side of the Manangahela
I am
Sir,
Your obedt & very Hb. Serv
I. C.
Samuel Hodgdon esq
Philadelphia