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Benton, Thomas Hart (1782-1858) The Creek and Cherokee lands of Georgia and Alabama

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC08995 Author/Creator: Benton, Thomas Hart (1782-1858) Place Written: s.l. Type: Manuscript Date: 1826 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Contemporary copy likely written by a staff member of a speech regarding removal that Benton delivered to the Senate. Argues that tribal chiefs should be given "gratuities" to convince them to sign treateis and clarifies troubles in negotiations resulting from confusion over the border between Georgia and Alabama. Manuscript is pasted into a book that also contains a typed transcription of the speech. Book is 29 x 22 cm. Document states that the document is "The original autograph manuscript," however this is unlikely, both because the manuscript is written in the third person, and because the handwriting does not seem to be Benton's.

People: Benton, Thomas Hart, 1782-1858.

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Keywords/Subjects: Boundary or Property Dispute, American Indian History, Treaty, Congress, Government and Civics, Westward Expansion, Diplomacy

Sub Era: The First Age of Reform