Taliaferro's Letter to Pond

This contract. written by Lawrence Taliaferro and dated October 1, 1838, assigns the title of "farmer and instructor of agriculture" to Samuel Pond, indicating his assignment to teach farming methods at the Mdewakanton Dakota village near Lake Calhoun. The contract obligates Pond to work under the terms of the treaty between the Dakota and the United States signed on September 29, 1837. It also describes Pond's duties and explains how he will receive compensation.