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Drusilla L. Cravens collection

 Collection — Folder: S0314
Identifier: S0314

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of 17 items, beginning with the oldest, which is a typed transcript of Captain Timothy Kibby’s commission from William Henry Harrison to lead a “company in arms,” dated December 21, 1804. A printed list of the rates of duties on licenses for stills and boilers, is signed David Hale Vincennes, and dated June 1, 1817.

Isaac Coe wrote a letter from Pittsburg on May 20, 1821, David McClure, Madison, Indiana. The letter began: “The steam boat is starting and I have only time to say I am on the river descending with my family.”

A receipt to the sheriff of Frederick County for white indentured (?), slaves and horses for a total of $4.49 in 1827.

A booklet without a cover is entitled “A Brief History of the Presbyterian Church in the State of Indiana.: It covers the time period of 1827 to 1848, and is handwritten in ink.

On pink stationery are two letters written in 1833, by Nicholas D. Grover, Indian Agent, addressed to General William Marshall, Indiana Agent. Mr. Grover reports the “most indubitable evidence of high handed fraud” by Messrs. W. G. and G. W. Ewing, in provided merchandise for the Indians, whereas Messrs. Hamilton and Taber shipped “a splendid assortment of Indian goods to an amount equal to that which they were to furnish.” Mr. Grover told General Marshall that they should not pay the Ewing merchants until the matter was investigated. A third item, also on pink paper, is a notice of goods to be purchased by General Marshall and delivered to the Potawatomie Indiana. This paper is dated November 10, 1832 and signed by Jonathan Jennings, John H. Davis, and Marks Crume. William Marshall wrote to General N. D. Drover in Washington City on January 26, 1833, and explained how much was paid Messrs. Ewings and how much was unpaid for merchandise. A receipt from Logansport on Feb. 18, 1836 and signed by N. D. Grover is for $4,527.00 “for all notes, orders, accounts, and claims held by me against the Potawatomi nation of Indians.”

A printed circular dated May 1, 1836 announces the forming of Lake County “in the north west corner of Indiana, which includes the extreme South Bend of Lake Michigan.” It is signed by Solon Robinson.

A deed of land sold by an Indian woman, Mis-Sink-qu-quah, to Jeremiah Bartholomew is dated October 17, 1836. It is handwritten in ink. Nicholas D. Grover, Indian agent, is listed in the narrative of the transfer of property.

N. D. Grover, in Logansport, wrote to J. W. Edmonds on June 2, 1837, attaching the names of Indian chiefs who reported the fraud concerning the fraudulent merchandise. Mr. Grover wrote: “believing that I have been implicated in that report without the knowledge of the chiefs, who signatures are attached to it.” The chiefs were: (1) Wa pa he qua or White Thunder; (2) Pun ga shen wa or Setting Sun or Falling Snow; and (3) Mis we copa or Beaver. The attachment with the names of the Indian chiefs appears to be torn from a ledger book.

A letter from A. C. Pepper in Washington City to General N. D. Grover in Logansport, Indiana, is dated January 24, 1839. Mr. Pepper wrote: “The Miami treaty has been satisfied and the claim of John Baccus for boarding guard will I hope be paid when the appropriation to carry the treaty into effect shall be made.”

The last item in the collection is the May 13, 1848 issue of The Bee, Vol. I, No. 26, from Winchester, Virginia. It is four page and very fragile.


  • 1804-1848

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Drusilla L. Cravens during 1922, 1923 and 1930.


No further additions are expected.

Item Listing

Dec. 21, 1804 William Henry Harrison’s appointment of Timothy Kibby as captain; June 1, 1817 "Notice is hereby Given” of rates for licenses on still and boilers; May 20, 1821 Letter by Isaac Coe to David McClure; 1827 Receipt to the Sheriff of Frederick County; 1827-1848 A Brief History of the Presbyterian Church in Indiana; Jan. 26, 1833 Letter to General N. D. Grover, Washington City, by William Marshall; Jan. 10, 1833 Letter to General W. Marshall from N. D. Grover; Jan. 18, 1833 Letter to William Marshall from N. D. Grover; Nov. 10, 1832 Authorization to purchase goods for the Indians; Feb. 18, 1836 Receipt for $527.00 to settle accounts with Potawatomi nation, signed by N. D. Grover; May 1, 1836 Circular advertising the formation of Lake County (2 copies); Oct. 17, 1836 Deed from Mis-Sink-qu-quah to Jeremiah Bartholmew; June 2, 1837 Letter to J. W. Edmond from N. D. Grover with attachment of the names of three Indian chiefs (2 items); Jan. 24, 1839 Letter to General N. D. Grover from Abel C. Pepper in Washington City; May 13, 1848 The Bee newspaper from Winchester, Virginia.

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed by Nikki Stoddard Schofield during August 2013. EAD finding aid completed by Bethany Fiechter on 2018/05/11.
Drusilla L. Cravens collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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