Lot 17: ADS, signed "Will'm Henry Harrison," one page, 8 x 4.25, October 18, 1810. Pay order submitted to "the Cashier of the Bank of the United States," issued from Vincennes while serving as the first governor of the Indiana Territory. In part: "On the 31st of December next or as soon after as you may receive my salary for the quarter ending on that day please to pay unto Mr. Joseph Oneille or his ower thirty seven Dollars." In fine condition, with tape-repaired cancellation slits to the right side, light soiling, and show-through from endorsements to reverse. As governor of the newly established territory, Harrison had wide-ranging powers including the negotiations of land treaties with Native Americans. This document dates to just a month after a tense meeting with Tecumseh in which Harrison refused to nullify one of his treaties with another tribe that granted America control over disputed land; although both sides drew arms, the meeting ended without bloodshed. This did, however, spark the conflict that ended with Harrison's defeat of Tecumseh in the Battle of Tippecanoe the following year.
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