Letter, Governor Holmes, Washington, to Colonel McGahy, asking the result of his conversation with Major Gerald. Call number: Series 488, doc number 2562 (MDAH)

Letter, Governor Holmes, Washington, to Colonel McGahy, asking the result of his conversation with Major Gerald. Call number: Series 488, doc number 2562 (MDAH)

Now available online, Series 488: Administration Papers are loose documents related to all aspects of the administration of the Mississippi Territory (1798-1817). The series has been referred to as the correspondence of the territorial governors, including Winthrop Sargent, William C. C. Claiborne, Robert Williams, and David Holmes, but the scope is larger. The papers pertain to the workings of the territorial government (i.e., the duties of the governor, the legislature, the military, and the courts, as well as early county governments and individuals’ affairs), and touch upon most of the important themes in the government: Indian relations and lands, adjacent U.S. territories (particularly Louisiana), allegiance to the United States and duty to its service, and safe travel and trade for citizens.

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