Bloomfield [sent from Lima, Ohio]: 30th January 1813.
1-1/2 pp. pen and ink on paper. Folio (12-1/2 x 7-3/4 in.). Killed by Indians: 'they cut off both of Daniel's arms and hacked him to pieces'. Creased from prior folding, worn and stained, paper repairs to tears at creases. Item #305123
A shocking letter, describing in detail the murder of two men by Indians in Ohio. Anna Andrews of Bloomfield, Ohio writes to her sister Ozias in Richmond, Massachusetts, to deliver the news of the murder of her son Daniel while on a trapping expedition. Out late checking his traps, Daniel took shelter in the home of one Gibbs, who subsequently offered his home to three Indians. Reading in part, "the Indians seized the opportunity as Daniel lay on the floor by the fire a sleep they took an ax and struck him on the small of his back and the other two struck him on the head with their tomahawks and Gibbs hearing the out cry made to the door and one of the Indians met him and struck him on the head … Gibbs clinch him and took him down in the course of the scuffle the Indian being under drew a pistol and shot Gibbs through the body so that he let go his hold and ran about 35 rods and fell and the Indian after him he fell to choping him to pieces in a most shocking manner and they cut off both of Daniel's arms and hacked him to pieces … people turned out and pursued them and catch them one shot himself and other was hung but they boy they did not get"
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