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Robert Simerwell to Lewis Cass

Robert Simerwell to Lewis Cass
Creator: Simerwell, Robert, 1786-1868
Date: April 28, 1833
In this letter to Lewis Cass, Secretary of War for the Jackson Administration, Robert Simerwell asks for permission for his family to accompany a group of Potawatomis west of the Mississippi at the "pulicks expense."


Robert Simerwell to Reverend S.M. Cane

Robert Simerwell to Reverend S.M. Cane
Creator: Simerwell, Robert, 1786-1868
Date: April 11, 1833
In this letter to Reverend S.M. Cane, Robert Simerwell explains that he has just visited a number of Potawatomis encamped along the Wabash River in perparation for a move west of the Mississippi River as soon as the U.S. Government "will provide means." Simerwell states that the Potawatomis are ready to start their journey, but must depend on the U.S. Government for protection because they are fearful of the possibility of being harmed by "Indians who delight in spilling blood."


Robert Simerwell to Reverend Samuel Bolles

Robert Simerwell to Reverend Samuel Bolles
Creator: Simerwell, Robert, 1786-1868
Date: April 11, 1833
In this letter to Reverend Samuel Bolles, Robert Simerwell addresses his activities after returning to Indiana after having spent several months traveling in Pennsylvania and New York. Simerwell tells Bolles that he recently visited a party of 250 Native Indians on the Wabash who were preparing to move west of the Mississippi. Simerwell also mentions that the Native Indians are led by a man named Keo-Kuck, who is ready to led a number of Native Indians west of the Missouri and south of the Kanzas (Kansas) river. Simerwell explains to Bolles that Keo-Kuck "is a powerful man and exercises great influence over other tribes as well as his own."


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