date(s):
1809-1869
creator(s):
Adams, David, 1799-1874
subject(s):
Bars (Drinking establishments); Gold discoveries; Indians of North America; West (U.S.); Description and travel; Diaries; Cholera; 1849; Fur trade; Tolls; Fur traders
place(s):
United States; Missouri; St Louis; California; St. Louis, MO, USA; Missouri, USA; United States
type(s):
Documentary Artifacts; Collection
A0007 Adams, David Papers Inventory of David Adams Papers A0007 EAD by Jaime Bourassa using ArchivesSpace Missouri Historical Society Library and Research Center 2016 225 S. Skinker Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63105 archives@mohistory.org URL: This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2018-09-27 06:25:16 -0500 . English Describing Archives: A Content Standard English Missouri Historical Society Library and Research Center David Adams Papers Adams, David, 1799-1874 A0007 0.55 Cubic Feet (1 box, 1 volume) 1828-1869 Some French Processing Information Processed by Christine Vanover, April 1998 (revised July 1999). Donor Information Collection was purchased from Mrs. Lamiza B. Lambert in 1956. Biographical Sketch David Adams was born in 1799, possibly in Alabama, and arrived in St. Louis in the late 1820s where he opened a “tipling house,” or saloon, with his brother James. In 1827, David married Elizabeth Vachard (born 1809), daughter of Mary and Charles Vachard. Always active in the fur trade, David joined Capt. Bonneville’s expedition west in 1832. He continued to be active in the plains fur trade, eventually opening a trading post from Fort Platte with his partner John Sibille around 1843. In 1848, David agreed to lead a party west to the California gold mines. In 1851, he became the executor for the estate of Charles Vachard, the father of his wife, Elizabeth. All business ventures were financially unsuccessful and he returned home penniless and in debt. In 1853, David became the toll gate keeper for Gate #1 on Natural Bridge Road and in 1857 he opened a blacksmith shop with Joseph Hughes. The “Duncan’s Island Trial” began in 1857, as David Adams tried to reclaim land from the city of St. Louis that he believed belonged to him, but a quit claim deed in 1858 shows that he sold his rights to that land for $5. Although he became a successful guide and trapper, he ended up spending his later years in St. Louis impoverished, and died in 1874. Scope and Contents This collection includes personal letters to David's wife, Elizabeth, business correspondence, receipts, lists, and diaries. A man of limited education, David wrote poorly, spelled phonetically, and rarely used punctuation. Arrangement The collection is arranged chronologically in Box 1. The original David Adams diary, diary fragments, and accounts are filed in Box 2. Conditions Governing Access The collection is open for research use. Conditions Governing Use For permission to publish, quote from, or reproduce material in this collection, please contact the Archives Reference Desk at archives@mohistory.org . Material in this collection is in the public domain. Physical and Technical Requirements There are no physical or technical restrictions. Existence and Location of Copies David Adams' diary, diary fragments, and accounts relating to his fur trade expeditions in the early 1840s have been transcribed and published in: The David Adams Journals , Charles E. Hanson, Jr., ed., 1994. A copy of the book is available at the Archives Reference Desk. Digital Copies The David Adams Papers were partially digitized by Danie Klein in July 2017. The images may be viewed online by clicking the links beside each item in the inventory. Preferred Citation David Adams Papers, Missouri Historical Society Archives, St. Louis. Bars (Drinking establishments) -- Missouri -- Saint Louis California -- Gold discoveries Cholera -- Missouri -- Saint Louis -- 1849 Fur trade -- United States Indians of North America Tolls -- Missouri -- Saint Louis West (U.S.) -- Description and travel Adams, Elizabeth Vachard, 1809- Sibille, John Vachard, Charles, -1846 Tax receipt for selling wine and liquor in St. Louis County, signed Henry Chouteau. A0007-00039 1828 June 2 1 1 Tax receipt for selling wine and liquor in St. Louis County, signed Henry Chouteau, June 2, 1828 Tax receipt for operating “tipling house,” signed William Carr Lane. A0007-00040 1828 June 2 1 1 Tax receipt for operating a “tipling house,” signed William Carr Lane, June 2, 1828 Three receipts for wine and liquor, signed A&W Skinner. A0007-00041 1828 July 21 1 1 Three receipts for wine and liquor, signed A & W Skinner, July 21, 1828 Account with Fish and Logan. A0007-00042 1828 Aug 14-Sept 11 1 1 Account with Fish and Logan, August 14-September 11, 1828 Receipt of payment from Charles Vachard. A0007-00043 1829 Oct 29 1 2 Receipt of payment from Charles Vachard, October 29, 1829 Receipt for payment of household goods, signed A&W Skinner. A0007-00044 1829 Nov 28 1 2 Receipt for payment of household goods, signed A & W Skinner, November 28, 1829 Seven receipts for groceries, two itemized lists of groceries, and one receipt for goods. The receipts for groceries appear to be household purchases, and the receipt for goods appears to be business purchases. A0007-00045 1830 July 24-1831 July 2 1 3 Seven receipts for groceries, two itemized lists of groceries, and one receipt for goods, July 24, 1830-July 2, 1831 Agreement to join the Bonneville trapping expedition for 18 months, signed David Adams. A0007-00046 1832 Feb 22 1 4 Agreement to join the Bonneville trapping expedition for 18 months, signed David Adams, February 22, 1832 Letter from David Adams to Elizabeth (his wife). Writes that he is well, and directs her to address correspondence to Capt. Bonneville. A0007-00047 1832 Mar 26 1 4 Letter signed David Adams to his wife Elizabeth, March 26, 1832 Letter from James Adams to his wife and his brother, David. States he is well, and he wants David to deliver his gun to Glasgow & Co. for Col. March. A0007-00048 1834 Feb 4 1 5 Letter signed James Adams to his wife and his brother, David, February 4, 1834 Letter from David Adams to Elizabeth. States that if she is to remain on the island (probably Duncan’s Island) next spring, she is not to put in a crop. A0007-00049 1834 Sept 1 1 5 Letter signed David Adams to his wife Elizabeth, September 1, 1834 Letter from Linus Leonard of Bonneville & Co. to Mr. Montaro. Mentions the status of the local beaver pelt trade and supplies for their men. A0007-00050 1835 Jan 11 1 6 Letter signed Linus Leonard of Bonneville & Co. to Mr. Montaro [Antonio Montaro], January 11, 1835 Letter from Linus Leonard of Bonneville & Co. to Mr. Montaro. Mentions the status of the local beaver pelt trade and supplies for their men. A0007-00051 1835 Jan 20 1 6 Letter signed Linus Leonard of Bonneville & Co. to Mr. Montaro [Antonio Montaro], January 20, 1835 Invoice for supplies sent to Powder River, signed A. Chouteau. The document, including Chouteau’s signature, is in Adams’ hand and appears to be a translation of the original. A0007-00052 1836 June 22 1 7 Copy of invoice for supplies sent to Powder River, June 22, 1836 Receipt for supplies, signed Cummings & Ware. A0007-00053 1836 Nov 12 1 7 Receipt for supplies, signed Cummings & Ware, November 12, 1836 Itemized account with the Fulton Brewery. A0007-00054 1837 Feb-May 1 8 Itemized account with the Fulton Brewery, February-May 1837 Account of John Sutton with tipling house. A0007-00055 1837 Feb-May 1 8 Account of John Sutton with tipling house, February-May 1837 Tax receipt for operating a “tipling house,” signed John Darby. A0007-00056 1837 Mar 25 1 8 Tax receipt for operating a “tipling house,” signed John Darby, March 25, 1837 Contract for sale of Marion House located on Market St., signed David Adams. A0007-00057 1837 May 20 1 8 Contract for sale of Marion House located on Market St., signed David Adams, May 20, 1837 Account of housewares purchased from Savage & Austin, signed R.R. Hopkins. A0007-00058 1837 May 24 1 8 Account of housewares purchased from Savage & Austin, signed R.R. Hopkins, May 24, 1837 Letter from Bonneville to David Adams. Concerns Adams’ journal of his expedition with Bonneville and its publication. A0007-00059 1837 June 23 1 8 Letter signed Bonneville [Benjamin Louis Eulalie de Bonneville] to David Adams, June 23, 1837 Account of John Rice with Adams & Martin. A0007-00060 1837 Dec 30 1 8 Account of John Rice with Adams and Martin, December 30, 1837 Itemized grocery account of David Adams, signed Lucien Dumaine. A0007-00061 1838 Jan 22 1 9 Itemized grocery account of David Adams, signed Lucien Dumaine, January 22, 1838 Letter from Stephen Adams to his son, David. Concerns Stephen’s health and the health of David’s other siblings. A0007-00062 1838 June 23 1 9 Letter signed Stephen Adams to his son, David, June 23, 1838 Letter from Antonio Montaro to David Adams. States that he will not be able to visit this year. Includes notations inside and on the back in David’s hand, about grocery purchases and the board of Charles Vachard at “$2.75 pur weak" A0007-00063 1838 Aug 5 1 9 Letter signed Antonio Montaro to David Adams, August 5, 1838 Letter from David Adams to Elizabeth. Refers to his troubles with snow at Fort Platte. A0007-00064 1839 Apr 8 1 10 Letter signed David Adams to Elizabeth [his wife], April 8, 1839 Letter from Henry Kayser, street commissioner. Regarding removing an obstacle on Sycamore Street. A0007-00065 1839 Nov 20 1 10 Letter signed Henry Kayser, street commissioner, November 20, 1839 Notice from the city of St. Louis registrar to remove an obstruction on Sycamore Street, signed Joseph H. Wherry. A0007-00066 1839 Nov 26 1 10 Notice from the City of St. Louis Registrar to remove an obstruction on Sycamore Street, signed Joseph H. Wherry, November 26, 1839 Itemized medical receipt, signed E.Y. Watson. A0007-00067 1840 Oct 8 1 11 Itemized medical receipt, signed E.Y. Watson, October 8, 1840 Two property tax receipts for 1840, signed Augustin Kennerly. A0007-00068 1841 Jan 7 1 12 Two property tax receipts for 1840, signed Augustin Kennerly, January 7, 1841 Letter from Augustus Blumenthal to Captain Haas. Concerns baggage (letterpress copy). A0007-00069 1841 Mar 13 1 12 Letter signed Augustus Blumenthal to Captain Haas, March 13, 1841 Agreement to work for David Adams and John Sibille on an expedition for Sibille & Adams Co. to the Rocky Mountains as “a common hand,” signed Daniel Simons. A0007-00070 1841 Aug 14 1 12 Agreement to work for David Adams and John Sibille, signed Daniel Simons, August 14, 1841 Letter from David Adams to Elizabeth. Sends greetings to Sibille’s wife and children. A0007-00071 1841 Aug 23 1 12 Letter signed David Adams to his wife Elizabeth, August 23, 1841 Letter from John Prisham to David Adams. Regarding Sibille & Adams’ trading post at Fort Platte. A0007-00072 1842 Apr 25 1 13 Letter signed John Prisham to David Adams, April 25, 1842 Letter from John Prisham to David Adams. Regarding trading horses with the Native Americans and the Spaniards. A0007-00073 1842 Apr 26 1 13 Letter signed John Prisham to David Adams, April 26, 1842 Letter from J. Bordeau to John Richard, Fort Platte. Regarding trading post of Sibille & Adams. (in French) A0007-00074 1842 June 21 1 13 Letter signed J. Bordeau [Jacques Bordeau], Fort Platte, to John Richard, June 21, 1842 Letter from John Richard (per D.M. McKlosky) to David Adams. Regarding trading and supplies at Fort Platte. A0007-00075 1842 July 4 1 13 Letter signed John Richard (per D.M. McKlosky) to David Adams, July 4, 1842 Letter from David Adams to Elizabeth. States that he is traveling with his brother James. A0007-00076 1842 July 16 1 13 Letter signed David Adams to his wife Elizabeth, July 16, 1842 Promissory note to Sibille & Adams, signed F. Leonard. A0007-00077 1842 Aug 3 1 13 Promissory note to Sibille & Adams, signed F. Leonard, August 3, 1842 Letter from John Sibille to David Adams. Regarding Sibille’s journey to Fort Platte, wagon problems, and an inquiry about a lost coat. A0007-00078 1842 Aug 15 1 13 Letter signed John Sibille to David Adams, August 15, 1842 Letter from David Adams to Elizabeth. Concerns his trip to Fort Platte. A0007-00079 1842 Aug 16 1 13 Letter signed David Adams to his wife Elizabeth, August 16, 1842 Letter from David Adams, Independence, to Elizabeth. Contains news of his trip. A0007-00080 1842 Aug 27 1 13 Letter signed David Adams, Independence, to his wife Elizabeth, August 27, 1842 Letter from John Sibille to David Adams. Regarding Sibille’s journey to Fort Platte. A0007-00081 1842 Aug 27 1 13 Letter signed John Sibille to David Adams, August 27, 1842 Note signed F. Leonard regarding supplies. A0007-00082 1842 Aug 29 1 13 Note signed F. Leonard, August 29, 1842 Letter from John Sibille to David Adams. States that he has made it to Fort Platte. A0007-00083 1842 Oct 15 1 13 Letter signed John Sibille to David Adams, October 15, 1842 Letter from Papin to Jacques Bordeau. Regarding Sibille & Adams trading post at Fort Platte. (in French) A0007-00084 1842 Nov 6 1 13 Letter signed Papin to Jacques Bordeau, November 6, 1842 Note of credit from Sibille & Adams Co. A0007-00085 circa 1843 1 14 Note of credit from Sibille & Adams Co., ca. 1843 Letter from Bosquet to Sibille & Adams. Explains that he lost some personal items while employed for Sibille & Adams, and includes a list of the items he would like to have replaced. (in French) A0007-00086 1843 Mar 21 1 14 Letter signed Bosquet to Sibille & Adams, March 21, 1843 Indenture of a Spanish boy to G. Noland for the employment, signed Jean Didroit. A0007-00087 1843 May 4 1 14 Indenture of a Spanish boy to G. Noland for employment, signed Jean Didroit, May 4, 1843 Letter from Charles Beaubieu to Sibille & Adams. Regarding a small debt owed to him. (in French) A0007-00088 1843 May 8 1 14 Letter signed Beaubieu to Sibille & Adams, May 8, 1843 Letter from Lamoureux & Blanchard to Sibille & Adams. States that they know a capable young man whom they would recommend for Sibille & Adams’ next expedition. A0007-00089 1843 June 30 1 14 Letter signed Lamoureux & Blanchard to Sibille & Adams, June 30, 1843 Itemized account of seven men with Sibille & Adams Co. A0007-00090 1843 July-Nov 1 14 Itemized account of seven men with Sibille & Adams Co., July-November 1843 Receipt for belt and scabbard, signed J.A. Knight. A0007-00091 1843 July 3 1 14 Receipt for belt and scabbard, signed J.A. Knight, July 3, 1843 Letter from Joseph Bissonette to Sibille & Adams. Regarding the state and preparedness of the trading post. A0007-00092 1843 July 25 1 14 Letter signed Joseph Bissonette to Sibille & Adams, July 25, 1843 Letter from David Adams to Elizabeth. States that he will be gone eight more days, and instructs her to pay Dr. Watson. A0007-00093 1843 July 31 1 14 Letter signed David Adams to his wife Elizabeth, July 31, 1843 Bill of lading to Seim & Adams for goods shipped on the Edna , signed John S. Pim. A0007-00094 1843 Aug 3 1 14 Bill of lading to Seim & Adams for goods shipped on the Edna , signed John S. Pim, August 3, 1843 Letter from David Adams to Elizabeth. Writes that he will be leaving with the wagons tomorrow for Fort Platte. A0007-00095 1843 Aug 4 1 14 Letter signed David Adams to his wife Elizabeth, August 4, 1843 Letter from David Adams to Elizabeth. States that he is well, and that James left a few days ago. A0007-00096 1843 Aug 19 1 14 Letter signed David Adams to his wife Elizabeth, August 19, 1843 Letter from Elizabeth Adams to David. States that their youngest son, Harrison, is sick but she thinks he will recover. Neither the letter nor her signature are in her hand. A0007-00097 1843 Aug 25 1 14 Letter signed Elizabeth Adams to her husband David, August 25, 1843 Letter from Joseph Bissonette to Sibille & Adams. Regarding their impending visit. A0007-00098 1843 Sept 13 1 14 Letter signed Joseph Bissonette to Sibille & Adams, September 13, 1843 Agreement for the delivery of 50 head of cattle in return for blankets, shells, and mules, signed Sibille & Adams, W.D. Hodgekiss, and Lucien Maxwell. Contemporary copy. A0007-00099 1843 Sept 27 1 14 Contemporary copy of agreement for the delivery of 50 head of cattle in return for blankets, shells, and mules, signed Sibille & Adams, W.D. Hodgekiss, and Lucien Maxwell, September 27, 1843 Itemized list of goods for Sibille, Adams & Co. A0007-00100 1843 Oct 1 1 14 Itemized list of goods for Sibille, Adams & Co., October 1, 1843 Note from St. Vrain to Sibille & Adams to replace sugar and coffee once his wagons arrive. A0007-00101 1843 Oct 31 1 14 Note signed St. Vrain to Sibille & Adams, October 31, 1843 Letter from Joseph Bissonette to David Adams. Regarding the trade of horses, blankets, and shells. A0007-00102 1843 Nov 17 1 14 Letter signed Joseph Bissonette to David Adams, November 17, 1843 Letter from G.P. Beauvais, Horse Creek, to David Adams. Warns him about sending horses or mules to Fort Platte as "those gentlemen are very found [fond] of horse flesh." A0007-00103 1843 Nov 25 1 14 Letter signed G.P. Beauvais, Horse Creek, to David Adams, November 25, 1843 Letter from Sibille, Adams & Co. to David Adams. Regarding the trading post at Fort Platte. A0007-00104 1843 Dec 19 1 14 Letter signed Sibille, Adams & Co. to David Adams, December 19, 1843 Letter from W.D. Hodgkiss to David Adams. States that he needs wood for boats, the cart back, and Spanish flour. A0007-00105 1844 Jan 20 1 15 Letter signed W.D. Hodgkiss to David Adams, January 20, 1844 Letter from Finch to David Adams. Requests cigars, and warns him about the behavior of an employee named Johnson. A0007-00106 1844 Jan 20 1 15 Letter signed Finch to David Adams, January 20, 1844 Map, probably by David Adams, of camp signs near Fort Platte. A0007-00107 circa 1845 1 16 Map, probably by David Adams, of camp signs near Fort Platte, ca. 1845 Letter from David Adams to Elizabeth. Writes that he will be gone four months longer. A0007-00108 1845 Mar 9 1 16 Letter signed David Adams to his wife Elizabeth, March 9, 1845 Letter from David Adams to David and Jane Burton. States that he won’t be able to see them this spring. A0007-00109 1845 Mar 9 1 16 Letter signed David Adams to David and Jane Burton, March 9, 1845 Letter from David Adams to Elizabeth. States that he is returning home soon with no money. A0007-00110 1845 July 4 1 16 Letter signed David Adams to his wife Elizabeth, July 4, 1845 Itemized bill for medical services from 1841 to 1845, signed E.Y. Watson. A0007-00111 1845 Sept 1 1 16 Itemized bill for medical services from 1841-1845, signed E.Y. Watson, September 1, 1845 Letter from Elizabeth Adams to Louis and Charles Vachard (her brothers). Regarding the death of their father on Nov. 22, 1846. Elizabeth’s letter is in David’s hand. A0007-00112 1847 May 8 1 17 Letter signed Elizabeth Adams to her brothers Louis and Charles Vachard, May 8, 1847 Memorandum of agreement for Adams to guide a party from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Fort Sutter, California, signed Horace Baffum, D. Hutton, and David Adams. A list of plea cases, 1847-1852 in David Adams’ hand is found on the second sheet of this document, but appears to have no connection to it. A0007-00113 1848 Jan 4 1 18 Memorandum of agreement for David Adams to guide a party from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Fort Sutter, California, signed Horace Baffum, D. Hutton, and David Adams, January 4, 1848 Letter from Charles Lardoise (or Charles Vachard) to Elizabeth Adams. States that his health is good and he hopes to see her in the spring. A0007-00114 1849 July 22 1 19 Letter signed Charles Lardoise [Charles Vachard] to Elizabeth Adams, July 22, 1849 Letter from David Adams to Elizabeth. States that he has heard about the cholera epidemic in St. Louis, and he is working in the gold mines near San Francisco. A0007-00115 1849 Oct 28 1 19 Letter signed David Adams to his wife Elizabeth, October 28, 1849 Receipt for payment of $2.75 to Mr. Lynch, signed Henry Grotefend. A0007-00116 circa 1850 1 20 Receipt for payment of $2.75 to Mr. Lynch, signed Henry Grotefend, ca. 1850 Letter from David Adams to Elizabeth. Regarding his situation in the gold mines of California. A0007-00117 1850 Mar 31 1 20 Letter signed David Adams to Elizabeth [his wife], March 31, 1850 Letter from Henry Grotefend to David Adams (his father-in-law). Mentions the 1849 cholera epidemic which took the life of his son Henry, and the 1849 St. Louis fire which burned down his house. A0007-00118 1850 Apr 20 1 20 Letter signed Henry Grotefend to David Adams (his father-in-law), April 20, 1850 Letter from David Adams to Elizabeth. Mentions a nugget of gold he sent to his family in his last to show them “the richness of this country." A0007-00119 1850 June 26 1 20 Letter signed David Adams to his wife Elizabeth, June 26, 1850 Two lists of payments received (probably for tolls), signed David Adams. A0007-00120 1851 May-July 1 21 Two lists of payments received (probably for tolls), signed David Adams, May-July 1851 Letter from Elizabeth Adams to Louis Vachard. Concerns the death of their brother Charles and other family members during the cholera epidemic, and David’s return from California. This letter and her signature are in David’s hand; includes a note from him. A0007-00121 1851 June 7 1 21 Letter signed Elizabeth Adams to Louis Vachard, June 7, 1851 Note from Henry Chatillion to David Adams. Concerns Conrad Rehn and Herman Brandeau. A0007-00122 1851 July 19 1 21 Note signed Henry Chatillion to David Adams, July 19, 1851 Letter from Elizabeth Adams to her brother Louis Vachard. Asks for more information on how their brother Charles died. This letter and her signature are in David’s hand; includes a note from him. A0007-00123 1851 Aug 7 1 21 Letter signed Elizabeth Adams to her brother, Louis Vachard, August 7, 1851 Note from David Adams regarding the estate of Charles Vachard of which he is executor. A0007-00124 1851 Aug 21 1 21 Note signed David Adams, August 21, 1851 List of toll money given to Mr. Brotherton, signed David Adams. A0007-00125 1851 Dec-1852 June 1 21 List of toll money given to Mr. Brotherton, December 1851-June 1852, signed David Adams Receipts for tolls collected by David Adams as keeper of the 1st Toll Gate on Natural Bridge Road, signed A. Harper, M. Brotherton, or Francis Jones. These receipts constituted the lower portion of a printed form that the keeper used to report his collections. Includes four blank pages of the complete form; the upper part is the statement that would have been kept by the superintendent of toll gate keepers. A0007-00126 1852 June-1856 Oct 1 22 Receipts for tolls collected by David Adams as keeper of the 1st Toll Gate on Natural Bridge Road, signed A. Harper, M. Brotherton, or Francis Jones, June 1852-October 1856 Note from C. Semph to David Adams for money owed Adams for toll fees. A0007-00127 1852 Feb 2 1 23 Letter from James Adams to David Adams. States that he has returned from the mountains, and waits to hear about the situation regarding his property. A0007-00128 1853 Feb 6 1 24 Receipt for tolls collected by David Adams, signed Francis Jones. A0007-00129 1853 Feb 12 1 24 Receipt for tolls collected by David Adams, signed A. Harper. A0007-00130 1853 Nov 5 1 24 Notice to David and Elizabeth Adams, signed John Ackli (by Krum & Harding). Requests money owed him for work and improvement done totaling $64.95. A0007-00131 1853 Dec 7 1 24 Receipt for tolls collected by David Adams, signed A. Harper. A0007-00132 1853 Dec 10 1 24 Two summons for John Evans, David Adams, and Elizabeth Adams to appear the third Monday of April to answer the complaint of John Ackli, signed Michael S. Cerre. A0007-00133 1853 Dec 24 1 24 Two printed applications by David Adams to homestead 80 acres of land. A0007-00134 circa 1854 1 25 Twelve receipts for tolls collected by David Adams at Gate #1 on Natural Bridge Road, signed John Hartness or M. Brotherton. A0007-00135 1854 Jan 17-July 25 1 25 Letter from James Adams to David Adams. States that he was in the hospital with rheumatism, and wants David to help him with his claim to “volunteer land." A0007-00136 1854 June 7 1 25 Letter from James Adams to David Adams. Inquires further on his claim on the volunteer land, and states that he will be working through the winter with Bissonette. A0007-00137 1854 Aug 11 1 25 Letter from James Adams to David. Mentions the Gratton massacre and his charge at Fort Labonte. A0007-00138 1854 Oct 13 1 25 Receipt for toll gate fees collected at Gate #1, Natural Bridge Road, signed M. Brotherton. A0007-00139 1856 Aug 8 1 26 Itemized account from Dr. E.C. Carrington. A0007-00140 1856 Dec 1 26 Twelve lists of names, notes, or maps (most in David Adams’ hand) pertaining to Adams’ claim to property on Duncan’s Island. A0007-00141 circa 1857 1 27 Agreement between David Adams and Joseph Hughes for a blacksmith business. A0007-00142 1857 Apr 3 1 27 Three newspaper articles pertaining to the Duncan’s Island trial. A0007-00143 circa 1858 1 28 Receipt for notice of meeting in the Missouri Republican , signed John A. Price. A0007-00144 1858 Mar 6 1 28 Receipt for notice of meeting in the Missouri Republican , signed John A. Price. A0007-00145 1858 Apr 17 1 28 Receipt for notice of meeting in the Missouri Democrat , signed D.M. Houser. A0007-00146 1858 Apr 19 1 28 Quit claim deed releasing David Adams’ claim on Duncan’s Island for $5. A0007-00147 1858 Apr 22 1 28 Letter from Catherine McFarland, Pittsburg, to David Adams. Asks about the “Island Trial,” and how her friends in St. Louis are doing. A0007-00148 1859 Feb 28 1 29 Document to lease property on Duncan’s Island for $360 annually for 5 years, signed David Adams (by his attorney J.W. Skinner) and Henry Grotefend. A0007-00149 1859 Aug 16 1 29 Notice ordering David Adams to leave the steamer Dana Tatum and return to the office, signed John Andrews and Theodore LaBeauvre. A0007-00150 1861 Jan 28 1 30 Letter from mother to Mary Vachard. States that she is well and her new husband, Jean-Baptiste Racine, is treating Mary’s sister as if she were his own. Requests that a number of goods be sent to them at Fort Benton, including 2 or 3 gallons of whiskey for Jean-Baptiste. A0007-00151 1861 Mar 25 1 30 List in David Adams’ hand of household goods purchased. A0007-00152 1867 Apr 22 1 31 List in David Adams’ hand of goods and supplies. A0007-00153 1869 Feb 26 1 32 Receipt totaling $5.80 for store goods. A0007-00154 1869 Apr 23 1 32 Receipt for 71 cents from David Adams, signed J.H. Beckman. A0007-00155 1869 Sept 25 1 32 Fragment giving birth date of Elizabeth Vachard as March 15, 1809. A0007-00156 no date 1 33 Journal fragments and accounts. Published in The David Adams Journals , pgs. 3-47. A0007-00036 1841-1842 2 Journal. Published in The David Adams Journals , pgs. 57-96. A0007-00037 1844-1845 2 Journal fragment. Published in The David Adams Journals , pgs. 97-102. A0007-00038 1845 2