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Extent:1 volume, 16 p.
Description: The full title of this manuscript is "Estimate of the Fur and Peltry Trade in the District of Michilimackinac, according to the bounds and limits, assign'd to it by the French, when under their government: together with an account of the situation and names of the several out-posts." Robert Rogers was commander of Fort Michilimackinac from 1766-1768. Rogers gave this manuscript to Jonathan Carver (the man he has sent on an expedition to find the Northwest Passage), who relayed it to Thomas Barton of Lancaster, Pa., who, in turn, sent it to the American Philosophical Society. It was received at the APS and referred to the Committee on Trade and Commerce on December 20, 1768. The manuscript may be the first separate manuscript collected by the American Philosophical Society.
Collection:Estimate of the Fur and Peltry Trade in the District of Michilimackinac (Mss.970.1.R63)
Contributor:Rogers, Robert, 1731-1795
Description: Letter to Benjamin Franklin encloses a 27-page estimate and account of the peltry and fur trade of the district of Michilimakinac. The estimate gives the probable cost of carrying on the trade with the outposts as £60,898. If the trade be confined to the one post at Michilimakinac the cost would be much smaller but the Spaniards would work up the outposts. Greatly favors extension of the trade and recommends a plan of civil government for the district.
Collection:Benjamin Franklin Papers (Mss.B.F85)