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Ira Williams letter

 Collection — Folder: S1422
Identifier: S1422

Scope and Contents

This collection includes an August 6, 1816 letter written by Ira Williams at Vincennes, Indiana and sent to Norman Williams of Woodstock, Vermont. In his letter, he notes that he left Chillicothe on July 7th and had no "object in view, more than a determination to see all the Western Country." He also relates his observations about the land he's seen, mentioning the Wabash and White River in Indiana and that the "best of the land is yet owned by the Indians." He speaks of people they both know and also complains about a few people, including two men named Aldrich and Norton who he thought replied to his demands in an "ungentleman like" manner.


  • 1816/08/06


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

Ira Williams was a descendant of Phineas Williams, one of the early settlers of Woodstock, Vermont. Born on November 4, 1788, He was the son of Oliver and Urana (or Irene) Williams. Williams was an officer in the War of 1812, served as quartermaster of the army, and was appointed the first justice of the peace for Dubuque, Iowa in the fall of 1834. He died in Dubuque in 1838. He cousin Norman Williams (1791-1868) was the son of Oliver's brother Jesse. Norman Williams was a lawyer and held several public offices in Vermont, including Register of Probate for the District of Hartford, state senator, and secretary of state.

Sources: "Ira Williams." Vermont Vital Records, 1720-1908. Accessed December 27, 2017.

"Firsts." Encyclopedia Dubuque. Accessed December 27, 2017.

Williams, Edward H., Jr. "History of Woodstock, Vt. -- Genealogies VI: The Williams Family." Vermont Roots. October 11, 2011. Accessed December 27, 2017.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection consists of one item.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a purchase from Morris H. Briggs on 1928/05/18.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2017/12/28 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2017/12/28 by Laura Eliason.
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