page 338 from the Manuscripts of the Earl of Dartmouth (citation below) contains an apparent reference to the "Murder on the Mississippi" which Absalom Hooper was apparently involved. It also suggests that there may be additional correspondence regarding this incident.
There's some general historical information here, including this statement:
"The murderers are now in custody, and are of the worst class of the people who have flocked to the Mississippi for the past two years. As Mr. Chester foresaw, several of the first settlers on the river were persons who had fled from justice..."
That's always how one likes to see one's relatives described.
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