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Dr. J. Rhett Motte Papers, 1836-1846

Identifier: MC-1964-149

Scope and Contents

Dr. J. Rhett Motte was a surgeon in the U.S. Army and these are a few papers written by him. In this collection is his commission as assistant surgeon of the 16th Regiment Infantry, 4th Brigade, 2nd Division, So. Carolina Militia, dated 1846. In 1842 he was at Ft. Gibson, Indian Territory, and an account book kept by him at that time is also included here.

Interesting item: Probably the most important document is a journal kept in the summer of 1836 on a journey from Charleston, So. Carolina, to Columbus, Georgia, entitled "Reflections produced Thereby."

The diary skips from Chapter II to Chapter IV so at least one chapter is missing. In this journal he writes that he became proficient in the Creek language and lists a number of Creek words and their meaning in English.


  • 1836 - 1846

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Access is by appointment only.


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Physical Description

The journal is in excellent condition, 'but he has used pencil on some of the other papers and the writing is quite faded.
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Repository Details

Part of the Helmerich Center for American Research at Gilcrease Museum. Repository

1400 N. Gilcrease Museum Rd.
Tulsa Ok 74127