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Catalog Number 1948.050.008
Object Name Letter
Scope & Content Handwritten letter from Henry Schoolcraft of 846 Clinton Boulevard, Michilimackinac to Charles Christopher Trowbridge of Detroit, dated September 2, 1838, sent accompanying devalued money from the wildcat bank, Bank of Clinton. Schoolcraft uses the Ojibwe words, "Ka. onishishin," to describe the currency. "Ka" means "no," and Schoolcraft, in his book, "The American Indians: Their History, Condition and Prospects, From Original Notes and Manuscripts," defines "onishishin" as "that which is good, or fair." The letter reads:

Michilimackinac, Sept. 2nd 1838
My dear fri,
On returning from a short trip to Lake Superior I found $46 of Clinton money, in my pocketbook to have, in the meantime, become Ka. onishishin. I take the liberty of enclosing it to you, with a request that you will sell it, for what it is worth, or do whatever else you please with it, and be accountable for [?] here after. I add, that I received every dollar of it, from Mr. Wells, as past pay on a check from Maj. G. for salary.
Truly yours
Henry R. Schoolcraft
C.C. Trowbridge Esq.

The recipient and sender's names are handwritten on the verso, in such a way to be visible after the letter is folded.
Date 1838
People Trowbridge, Charles Christopher
Schoolcraft, Henry
Extent of Description 7.875" x 10"
Collection Business/Stores/Retail
Search Terms Banks
Bank of Clinton
Wildcat Currency