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Butler, Maria (fl. 1791) to George Washington

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.05269 Author/Creator: Butler, Maria (fl. 1791) Place Written: Pittsburgh Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 22 December 1791 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Written by Mrs. Maria Butler, the widow of General Richard Butler, who had been killed that year by Indians in battle in the Ohio Territories. Refers to the death of her husband and the dangerous living conditions surrounding her in the Pittsburgh area. Requests more troops to protect her and her family and the other white settlers in the region, and to hold onto the land that was so dearly fought for by her husband.

People: Butler, Maria, fl. 1791.
Washington, George, 1732-1799.
Butler, Richard, 1743-1791.

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Keywords/Subjects: Frontiers and Exploration, American Indian History, Woman Author, Women of the Founding Era, Women's History, Military History, Westward Expansion, Death, Marriage, Government and Civics, Northwest Indian War, Northwest Territory, President Massacre

Sub Era: The Early Republic