Letter from Samuel Woods to Franklin Steele

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Letter from Samuel Woods to Franklin Steele

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | February 24, 2021

In this letter dated February 17, 1851, Samuel Woods informs Franklin Steele of his current affairs and business deals. In the first paragraph of the second page he mentions that a bill to sell Fort Snelling has passed and speculates that "our expectations will be realized" to buy the fort and surrounding land. The letter predates the eventual sale of the fort by six years, suggesting that Woods and Steele possessed insider knowledge.
See whole letter and transcript here: https://bit.ly/3ayXbl6