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Smith, Gerrit (1797-1874) To the persons who derive title from myself or my late father to land in Charlotte River and Byrne's Tracts, in the Counties of Delaware, Otsego, and Schoharie

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04717.69 Author/Creator: Smith, Gerrit (1797-1874) Place Written: Peterboro, New York Type: Printed letter Date: 24 May 1844 Pagination: 1 p. ; 31.8 x 20.4 cm.

Summary of Content: Discusses the authenticity of land titles, possibly for land he previously gifted to African Americans in need. Suspects that Native Americans told residents that the land titles were inauthentic in order to obtain timber from the property.

Background Information: Smith, a politician from New York, served as a U.S. Representative from 1853-1854. He was a noted philanthropist and social reformer active in anti-slavery campaigns and women's rights.

People: Smith, Gerrit, 1797-1874

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: Reform MovementAbolitionAfrican American HistorySlaveryLand TransactionGiftAmerican Indian HistoryForestry

Sub Era: Age of Jackson

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