NOLAN (PHILIP) PAPERS

(Mss. 859)

Inventory

Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections

Special Collections, Hill Memorial Library

Louisiana State University Libraries

Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University

Reformatted 2003

Revised 2010

CONTENTS OF INVENTORY

SUMMARY .................................................................................................................................... 3
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL NOTE ...................................................................................... 4
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE ................................................................................................... 4
INDEX TERMS .............................................................................................................................. 5
CONTAINER LIST ........................................................................................................................ 6

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SUMMARY

Size.

3 items

Geographic locations.

Frankfort, Kentucky; Natchez, Mississippi

Inclusive dates.

1791-1800

Bulk dates.

N/A

Language.

English

Summary.

Two letters of a contraband trader in the Louisiana Territory and Texas.

Organization.

Chronological.

Restrictions on access.

Originals are housed in the vault and are restricted. Use photocopies or digital scans.

Related collections.

None.

Copyright.

Copyright of the original materials is retained by descendants of the creators in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Citation.

Philip Nolan Papers, Mss. 859, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, La.

Stack location(s).

Misc: N;

Vault MRDF 3; Vault:1

BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL NOTE

Philip Nolan, a native of Belfast, Ireland, was a contraband trader in the Louisiana Territory and Texas. He was closely associated with General James Wilkinson and may have been reared in his family. In 1799, he married Frances Lintot (d. 1801) of Natchez. Nolan acted as an agent in Wilkinson's tobacco trade in New Orleans, procured horses for the Spanish army making horse trading ventures into Texas, and was suspected of spying and plotting with Wilkinson for the conquest of Mexico. After meeting the surveyor Andrew Ellicott, he worked on mapping regions in the Natchez area and in North Texas. Nolan lived among Native Americans in Texas and drove wild horses from Texas for sale in Natchez and Kentucky, although he was legally entitled to sell horses only to Spanish cavalry in Louisiana. Nolan was killed in a Spanish attempt to arrest him for his contraband trading.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

The first item in the collection is a letter to Nolan by General James Wilkinson from Frankfort, Kentucky, relating Wilkinson's misfortune and requesting Nolan's assistance (1791). A second letter is from Nolan to Bernard Lintot of Natchez, Miss., concerning Nolan's financial status and his desire to marry Lintot's daughter, Fannie (1796). The final item is a list of horses sold by Nolan to individuals in Natchez (1800).

INDEX TERMS

Horse trading--Mississippi--Natchez.

Lintot, Frances.

Nolan, Philip, 1771-1801.

Wilkinson, James, 1757-1825.

CONTAINER LIST

Stack

Location

Contents (with dates)

Misc: N

Photocopies of papers of Philip Nolan (1791-1800)

Vault MRDF 3

Digital scans of papers

Vault: 1

RESTRICTED: Originals of papers