Author: Samuel Blunt


“Henry Blow, William Blow, Samuel Blunt, Trustees, to the Governor.” (February 17, 1809)

In the eighteenth century, based on the false assumption that Indigenous people were incapable of handling their own financial affairs, the colonial government began the practice of appointing trustees—white, male landowners—to oversee and manage the sale of tribal lands and to distribute the resulting funds. In this letter to Governor John Tyler, written in 1809, trustees of the Nottoway Indian Tribe describe tribal resistance to their attempts to convince the tribe to lease more land and forcibly assimilate tribal members into Christian and English culture.