This collection contains two letters written by the New York fur trade executive John Jacob Astor to Charles Gratiot of St. Louis in July of 1811 and to Anthony Charles Cazenove in July of 1813. Both have been transcribed.
This book contains 31 hand-written letters bound in a single volume. The correspondence covers the years 1800-1820. Correspondents include Gen. James Wilkinson; Lieut. Zebulon M. Pike; Gov. William Henry Harrison; Henry Dearborn; William Clark; Frederick Bates; Gov. Meriwether Lewis; and Auguste Chouteau
1 document, May 30, 1819, D. S., transcribing the agreements made to widen a canal and create a reservoir by the Rivanna Company. Original minutes of the Rivanna company were taken by N. H. Lewis and transcribed by Jefferson to this document.
This map was produced by Gardiner as Chief Clerk of the General Land Office of the United States under pressure by Congress to begin the sale of "bounty lands" cheaply to veterans of past wars in recognition of military service rendered. This map is the first official United States survey of any territory in the trans-Mississippi west., "Entered according to act of Congress by John Gardiner, Distt. Columa."
This early western exhibition broadside is a very early piece of St. Louis printing. The place and date of the exhibition are filled in in manuscript which states that the exhibition will be held at the stable of "Mr. Samuel Palmer in West Springfield on the 8th day of Inst. February 1816. West Springfield, Missouri, may not exist today but it was once a post-office in Shelby County, and once the site of a buffalo exhibition. The description below the buffalo reads: "This interesting animal was caught about Two Hundred miles above the Lead Mines, on the Missouri River. It is a female; is two years old, and is as large as a common sized Ox.", Possibly printed by Joseph Charless, the first printer west of the Mississippi, who set up shop in St. Louis in 1808.
Letter from the fur trading businessman John Jacob Astor to Charles Gratiot of St. Louis in July of 1811 about the Astoria expedition led from St. Louis to the Pacific Coast under the leadership of Wilson Price Hunt. Astor asked if Gratiot had any information about Hunt's party.
Letter from the New York businessman John Jacob Astor to Anthony Charles Cazenove in Alexandria, Virginia in July of 1813. Astor writes to ask Cazenove to procure him 15 to 20,000lbs. of some commodity.
In the time of the flatboats and the coming of the first steamboats documented so well through the early American navigational river guides, maps clearly indicated a future problem for St. Louis and its highly praised river harbor—the city was essentially on a peninsula which could become a remote island due to floods and other naturally occurring circumstances over time. The many islands and sand bars in the river were alarming testament in early maps.
This map was an inserted extra leaf in the 1811 edition of Zadok Cramer's Navigator.
This map was produced by Gardiner as Chief Clerk of the General Land Office of the United States under pressure by Congress to begin the sale of "bounty lands" cheaply to veterans of past wars in recognition of military service rendered. This map was signed by Gardiner in distributing, verifying and describing a new settler's plot: "Description of the SE of section 35 in township 4N of range 7 West. A stream in the quarter section, part gently rolling woodland and good soil, part level, Rich prairie; Timber Oak & Hickory underwood, Hazel. Your lot is black in the yellow township."
This collection contains 31 hand-written letters bound in a single volume. The correspondence covers the years 1800-1820. Correspondents include Gen. James Wilkinson; Lieut. Zebulon M. Pike; Gov. William Henry Harrison; Henry Dearborn; William Clark; Frederick Bates; Gov. Meriwether Lewis; and Auguste Chouteau
Immediately after the Louisiana Territory was ceded by France to the United States, Gen. Daniel Bissell (1768-1833) was appointed Commandant of the U.S. Military Department of Missouri. He built, by government order, the contanment at Bellefontaine, just north of St. Louis. As Commandant, Bissell officially welcomed the expedition of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to St. Louis. After his military career ended, Bissell retired to a large tract of land on the Bellefontaine Road near St. Louis.
Historically, the Mercantile Library had several bound volumes of "Baptist Pamphlets" which were initially part of John Mason Peck's library but catalogued together under one call number. These volumes have been disbound and each pamphlet put in a separate, non-acidic enclosure. A number has been added to an alphabetical arrangement. The list is roughly arranged alphabetically by the first important word of the Church, benevolent Society, or other organization's title or name concerned.