May 1, 19^1
Mr* Richard ■* Banta
Crawf ordsville, Indiana
Dear Mr* Banta:
I noticed in your article ftNew Harmony1 s Golden Years"
the statement that the men who constituted Owenfs teaching and research personnel at Mew Harmony "began to receive frequent visits from a man named John J. Audubon,
who left his Henderson, Kentucky store (as he loved to
do) to call upon them*11 There appears to be a discrepancy in time here, and I v/ould like to have you clear
up the matter for me* I understand from what little
readiiig I have done on the subject that Audubon gave up
his Henderson store in 1820, went to Cincinnati for a
brief stay and then took the trip by boat, down the Ohio
and Mississippi to Louisiana* He was not back at Henderson again except for brief visits. When the Owen
program was getting under way at Hew Harmony, Audubon
was in and around Philadelphia (he sailed for England
from New Orleans in 1827)* He had met Lesueur} 3ay*
and others at Philadelphia in 1824 before they went to
I an wondering if there are any early records stating
that Audubon visited New Harmony and when he was there.
I find the legend In several recent books but no source
material has come to my attention so far.
Wilbur D. Peat
Director of the Museum