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Franklin Pierce authorization (RLC.Ms.571)

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Scope & content

This collection consists of an authorization signed by President Franklin Pierce directing the Secretary of State, William L. Marcy (1786-1857), to affix a Seal of the United States of America to “a treaty concluded at Table Rock in the Territory of Oregon on the 10th day of September 1853 with the Rogue River Tribe of Indians.” Also included is a printed excerpt of the Treaty with the Rogue Rivers, 1853, which this authorization references. This peace treaty brought a temporary respite in the ongoing conflict between white settlers and the native people of southwestern Oregon.