LETTERS AND DOCUMENTS
DR. JOHN SIBLEY AND THE LOUISIANA-TEXAS
JULIA KATHRYN GARRETT
Natchitoches October 12th 1808
Mr Erwin has lately informed me that he shall leave this
place On the first of April next & return Again to Philada
[Philadelphia]: I have a Son in Wilmington N. Carolina by the
name of Samuel Hopkins Sibley,4 about two years younger than
his brother George C. Sibley (who you know),"4 who I take the
Liberty of Recommending as the Successor of Mr Erwin &
Shall feel much obliged & gratified should you think proper to
give him the appointment.- I think him as Capable as his
brother & will be responsible for his good Conduct in every
respect. His appointment will be perfectly Agreable to Mr.
Linnard, who wishes Mr Erwin's place may be Supplied by the
time he will leave this. I very much regret the loss of Mr
Erwin from our Small Society, for I never knew a young man
of a Purer Mind, or of more Chaste morality. I shall always
esteem his Virtues as well as admire his Understanding all good
Men who know him cant help but wish him well.- Everything
in this quarter is quiet. The season is healthy & very great
Crops of everything. no Occurrence Amongst the Indians
worthy of notice. everybody wishes the embargo raised; but
not untill the Object for which it was laid is affected: or if it
is found insufficient to affect it. The late events in Spain Seems
to me very much to Change our prospects in this quarter. If
the Govt of Spain in Europe is destroyed by France, Mexico &
its dependencies are prepared to declare themselves independent,
& will place the Present Vice King of Mexico4" at their head,
47Samuel Hopkins was Dr. Sibley's second son of his first marriage, and
was given the name of his grandfather, Reverend Samuel Hopkins of New-
port, R. I. G. P. Whittington, "Doctor John Sibley of Natchitoches," The
Louisiana Historical Quarterly, XX, 468.
481n 1808, George Sibley was appointed Indian Agent in Missouri, and
located at Fort Osage. Ibid., 471.
49Jos6 de Iturrigaray. Hubert H. Bancroft, History of Mexico, XII, 42-47.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 47, July 1943 - April, 1944. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth146054/. Accessed May 5, 2015.