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Harry Innes papers, 1775-1815

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Harry Innes papers




University of Kentucky Special CollectionsLexington, Kentucky 40506


Arranged by accession number and chronologically thereunder.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], Harry Innes papers, 1775-1815, 1M52W18, 1M52W96, 1M52W128, 1M58W8, 1M65M138, 1M67M142, AAM5667LM, Special Collections, University of Kentucky.


15 pieces.


Judge, attorney, politician. Harry Innes, a native of Virginia, served as attorney-general for that state's western district, Kentucky, and was later appointed a U.S. District judge. He was implicated in the conspiracies linked to General James Wilkinson, which sought to separate Kentucky from the fledgling American republic and ally it with Spain. Congress did not impeach Innes and he pressed libel suits against his accusers.

Scope and Content

This collection contains an account book and miscellaneous papers, including letters, which belonged to Harry Innes. The account book (52W96) lists business transactions, including some with prominent Kentuckians such as Daniel Boone, Green Clay, George Rogers Clark, and General Wilkinson. Letters in the collection include one to John Brown (58W8), in which Innes discusses relations between state and federal courts, and one addressed to a commander in Mason County (67M142), with suggestions for combating Indian raids. There are also surveys, court records, and the will of Innes' father, Hugh Innes (52W18), all papers which relate to the settlement of the latter's estate. Also included is one legal document relating to the libel suits Innes was involved in after the Wilkinson episode (52W128), a court summons to John Bradford and Charles Wilkins, compelling them to appear in the case of Innes vs. Joseph M. Street.


  • Boone, Daniel, 1734-1820.
  • Bradford, John, 1747-1830.
  • Brown, John, 1757-1837.
  • Clark, George Rogers, 1752-1818.
  • Clay, Green, 1757-1828.
  • Innes, Harry, 1752-1816.
  • Innes, Hugh.
  • Street, Joseph Montfort, 1782-1840, defendant.
  • Wilkins, Charles.
  • Wilkinson, James, 1757-1825.
  • Frontier and pioneer life--Kentucky.
  • Indians of North America--Wars--1790-1794.
  • Burr Conspiracy, 1805-1807.
  • Court records--Kentucky.
  • Judges--Correspondence.
  • Politicians--Correspondence.
  • Kentucky--History--To 1792.
  • Kentucky--History--1792-1807.
  • Account books.
  • Surveys (land)
  • Wills

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