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Henry Vanderburgh letter

 Collection — Folder: S1337
Identifier: S1337

Scope and Contents

The document in this collection is a typed transcript of a letter written on June 29, 1795 from Henry VanderBurgh in Vincennes, Indiana, to Major John Mills, who was adjutant to Anthony Wayne. Turner mentioned in the letter was Judge Turner, involved with Henry in a controversy on the question of slavery in 1794. Henry wrote about going to Philadelphia after he got money due him from the United States. He had a buffalo robe which he intended to send to Major Guion but found holes worn in it, so "wrote to the Illinois to endeavor to procure two or three good ones when I will forward one to him." Henry told Mills that he had been engaged "in very disagreeable business writing the last will and Testament of the Missionary at this place who lies very sick."


  • circa 1950s


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.

Biographical Note

Henry VanderBurgh was born in Troy, New York, in 1760. On November 21, 1776, John Jay appointed him lieutenant in the 5th New York Regiment of the Continental Army. Later, he was commissioned as a captain in the 2nd Regiment. He served until the end of the Revolutionary War in 1783. Henry was a territorial judge during the organization of the Indiana Territory, a position he held until his death on April 12, 1812.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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The collection includes one item.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Carl A. Ploch on 1937/4/4.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed 2018/3/15 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield.
Henry Vanderburgh letter
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.