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Collection Number: 02972

Collection Title: Return John Meigs Journal, 1835.

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Abstract MICROFILM ONLY. Return John Meigs was the son of Major John Meigs of Connecticut and Elizabeth (Henshaw) Meigs. He should not be confused with Return J. Meigs (1740-1823), Revolutionary officer and Indian agent; with Return J. Meigs (1764-1824), United States senator and governor of Ohio; or with Return J. Miegs (1801-1891), Tennessee lawyer and state librarian. Journal of Return John Meigs, 5 June-12 October 1835, kept while he was secretary to the commissioners authorized to negotiate with the Eastern Cherokees in north Georgia and Tennessee. The journal records Meigs's itinerary through western North Carolina, north Georgia, and Tennessee, and indicates places where he lodged, meals eaten, church attendence, scenery, persons met, and business activities. The commissioners included J. F. Schermerhorn and William Carroll. They are mentioned in the journal, along with Elbert Herring and Cherokee chiefs John Ridge and John Ross. In addition to the journal entries, the volume includes Meigs's travel accounts and copies of his own correspondence and that of others.
Creator Meigs, Return John, 1782-1851.
Language English
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No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Return John Meigs Journal, #2972, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Location of Originals
Negative microfilm made in 1953 from a typed transcription of an original item in private hands. Positive copy added in 1971.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A more complete finding aid for this collection is available at the Southern Historical Collection.
Sensitive Materials Statement
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Return John Meigs was the son of Major John Meigs of Connecticut and Elizabeth (Henshaw) Meigs. He should not be confused with Return J. Meigs (1740-1823), Revolutionary officer and Indian agent; with Return J. Meigs (1764-1824), United States senator and governor of Ohio; or with Return J. Miegs (1801-1891), Tennessee lawyer and state librarian.

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MICROFILM ONLY. Journal of Return John Meigs, 5 June-12 October 1835, kept while he was secretary to the commissioners authorized to negotiate with the Eastern Cherokees in north Georgia and Tennessee. The journal records Meigs's itinerary through western North Carolina, north Georgia, and Tennessee, and indicates places where he lodged, meals eaten, church attendence, scenery, persons met, and business activities. The commissioners included J. F. Schermerhorn and William Carroll. They are mentioned in the journal, along with Elbert Herring and Cherokee chiefs John Ridge and John Ross. In addition to the journal entries, the volume includes Meigs's travel accounts and copies of his own correspondence and that of others.

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Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

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