Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Rudd mss., 1879-1907, consist of letters to Smith Rudd of Bronson, Michigan, from John Augustus Sutter, 1803-1880, pioneer and adventurer, and from descendants of David Crockett, 1786-1836, frontiersman and congressman. The letters from Sutter, 1879, concern primarily his fourteen year old land claim in Congress and hint at the impoverished state in which he spent the latter part of his life. Sutter's son, Emil Victor, 1830?- , writes of his father's death in 1880 and the lack of any solution to his congressional claims.

The second group of letters in the collection are from descendants of David Crockett. His son by a second marriage, Robert Patton Crockett, 1816-1889, comments in his letters, 1879-1883, on problems encountered with getting a portrait of his father restored and returned to him, on family history, several biographies of his father, and gives an account of Crockett's death at the Alamo. The letters from grandson Robert Hamilton Crockett, 1832?-1902, (nephew of Robert Patton Crockett), deal with family news and hunting trips, and mention newspaper articles concerning the family. The final letter in the file is from John Wesley Crockett, 1860- 1920 to Ben S. Rudd commenting on the death of his father Smith Rudd, and the relationship of Rudd and Crockett's father, Robert Hamilton Crockett, over the years.

Collection size: 12 items

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