Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Aaron Burr, 6 April 1798

From Aaron Burr

Albany 6 Apl. 1798

Dear Sir

This will be presented to you by Captain Aupaumut Chief of the Moheakuns,—a Man of perfectly decent Manners and deportment and Who has been Useful to the U.S. in War and in Nigociation. He is solicitous to be made known to you, and I have thought that you would consider an estimable and intelligent Man of his Nation as a desireable acquaintance.

I am with very great Respect Your assured & Obt H st

Aaron Burr

RC (DLC); at foot of text: “The Hon. Th. Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as received 20 Apr. 1798 and recorded in SJL as received on that day “by Capt Aupaumut. Hendruc.”

Hendrick Aupaumut was chief sachem of the Stockbridge branch of the Mahican (Mohican) Indians, who had lived in New York State since the mid-1780s. Aupaumut, who had continued on to Philadelphia after failing to win the New York legislature’s approval of a claim from the tribe, had been useful to the U.S. as a soldier during the American Revolution and as an envoy to tribes in the Great Lakes region (Kline, Burr description begins Mary-Jo Kline, ed., Political Correspondence and Public Papers of Aaron Burr, Princeton, 1983, 2 vols. description ends , 1:341–2; William C. Sturtevant, gen. ed., Handbook of North American Indians, 11 vols. to date [Washington, 1978], 15:209; B. H. Coates, ed., “A Narrative of an Embassy to the Western Indians, from the Original Manuscript of Hendrick Aupaumut,” Memoirs of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 2 [1827], 68–70).

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