Lucretia Day to Kiah Sewall, Portland, 1830

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Lucretia Day of Portland, who was about 17, wrote to Kiah Sewall, who was 22, about her views on Indian removal from their homeland.

Sewall, an 1829 graduate of Bowdoin College, the son of a prominent minister, and Day, the daughter of a distiller in Portland, were married in May 1836.

Day wrote, "I do hope that the poor remnant of Indians will be suffered to remain in the land of their forefathers. We already have national strains enough, without adding that of sending a few, poor, unoffending Indians, into exile, simply because we want their land!"

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  • Title: Lucretia Day to Kiah Sewall, Portland, 1830
  • Creator: Day, Lucretia
  • Creation Date: 1830
  • Subject Date: 1830
  • Town: New York, Portland
  • County: Cumberland
  • State: ME, NY
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Dimensions: 20 cm x 16 cm
  • Local Code: Coll. 105, Box 2/5
  • Collection: Sewall family papers
  • Object Type: Text

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