Chicago Citizens. Letter, 1827 | Illinois History and Lincoln Collections
Scope and Contents: During July 1827, the citizens of Chicago felt vulnerable to an attack on their city and Fort Dearborn due to unrest among the Winnebago. At the request of Chicago's leading citizens, fifty soldiers from Vermilion County came to their aid, but the attack never came as peace was made with the Winnebagoes. This copy of an Aug. 5, 1827 letter was signed on behalf of the citizens of Chicago, and addressed to "Capt. Morgan and the Officers and Soldiers under his command," thanking them for assistance during the threat of attack. John Kinzie, James Kinzie, Russell E. Heacock, David Hale, Gurdon S. Hubbard, Stephen J. Scott, and Jean Baptiste Beaubien signed the letter.