Papers in this section are transcripts. Scans of the originals will be uploaded (whenever possible) at a future date. Transcripts were created by Lindenwood University undergraduate students and historian Kate Gregg.

While the folks that transcribed these papers had every intention of being accurate, oftentimes there ARE errors. If you intend on citing a particular letter, it is recommended that you look at the original first before quoting from them!

History

John Sibley (1757-1837) was the father of George Champlin Sibley. John Sibley had a wide and varied life. Initially living in Massachusetts, Sibley served as a surgeon's assistant during the Revolutionary War. Later, he moved to Fayetteville, North Carolina, where he started a newspaper, the Fayetteville Gazette. He made one final move, to Louisiana, slightly before the U.S. purchase of the Louisiana Territory.

It was Sibley's time in Louisiana that was notable because President Jefferson appointed him as a U.S. agent to the Native Americans in the area. Sibley gave lengthy descriptions of the early settlement of Louisiana, Texas, Native Americans, and the Mexican Revolution.

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Submissions from 1827

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Letter to Mary Sibley from John Sibley, July 14, 1827, John Sibley

Submissions from 1821

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Letter from John Sibley to George Sibley, October 29, 1821, John Sibley

Submissions from 1817

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Letter from John Sibley to George Sibley, January 29, 1817, John Sibley

Submissions from 1813

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Letter from John Sibley to John Armstrong, March 7, 1813, John Sibley

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Letter from John Sibley to John Armstrong, February 12, 1813, John Sibley

Submissions from 1812

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Letter from John Sibley to Amos Stoddard, April 2, 1812, John Sibley

Submissions from 1811

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Letter from George Sibley to John Sibley, August 18, 1811, George Champlin Sibley

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Letter from John Sibley to William Eustis, February 9, 1811, John Sibley

Submissions from 1810

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Letter from John Sibley to William Eustis, January 30, 1810, John Sibley

Submissions from 1807

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Letter from John Sibley to Henry Dearborn, January 10, 1807, John Sibley

Submissions from 1806

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Letter from John Sibley to Samuel Sibley, September 26, 1806, John Sibley

Submissions from 1803

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Letter from John Sibley to Samuel Sibley, February 28, 1803, John Sibley