James Wilkinson and John Brown letters to James Morrison
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James Wilkinson and John Brown letters to James Morrison

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Brown, John, 1757-1837.
Creator: Wilkinson, James, 1757-1825.
Title: James Wilkinson and John Brown letters to James Morrison
Dates: 1808-1818
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0577

Biographical/Historical Note

James Morrison (1755-1823) was born in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. He was a soldier in the Revolutionary War and served as a navy agent and officer for the Quartermaster general. In 1791 he married Esther Montgomery; reportedly they had no children. In 1792 Morrison moved to Kentucky where he became wealthy as a manufacturer and merchant of hemp. He bequeathed money for the founding of Transylvania University in Kentucky.

John Brown (1757 -1837), American lawyer and statesman heavily involved with creating the State of Kentucky.

James Wilkinson (1757-1825). Following the Revolutionary War, Wilkinson moved to Kentucky, where he worked to gain its statehood. In 1787 Wilkinson became a traitor and began a long-lasting relationship as a secret agent of Spain. After Thomas Jefferson purchased Louisiana from Napoleon Bonaparte, Wilkinson was named territorial governor of northern Louisiana. He also served as the commander in chief of the U.S. Army.


Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of two unrelated letters addressed to James Morrison, the first from James Wilkinson, the second is believed to be from John Brown.


Index Terms

Brown, John, 1757-1837.
Land tenure.
Letters (correspondence)
Morrison, James.
United States. Army. Quartermaster's Department.
Wilkinson, James, 1757-1825.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Unknown.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], James Wilkinson and John Brown letters to John Morrison, MS 577, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.


Restrictions

Access restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Sponsorship

Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List

 

Box

Fldr

11James Wilkinson to James Morrison, 1808 December 1
This one page letter concerning the disposition of levies for winter quarters and was written to James Morrison on December 1, 1808.
 
1John Brown to Col. James Morrison, 1818 April 19
This one page letter concerns lands of Dr. John Grakl of Philadelphia and was written to James Morrison on April 19, 1818.