The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 17, July 1913 - April, 1914 Page: 64
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my trusted servants, Don Carlos Sanguinet,12 with two engages'"
to let them know where they should come out with their peltry;
and for the same purpose, with the same Sanguinet, I sent ten
men to the Petite Corne,'4 which empties into the Rio Amarillo,5
and this into the Missouri, the entry of the Petite Come being
two hundred and twenty-five leagues from this establishment, with
orders to establish [a post at] that place, as nearer for my hunters.
I have especially instructed Don Carlos Sanguinet to arrange
that this letter of mine should fall into the hands of some Spaniard
who may be worthy'6 to communicate with me on those honorable
principles, and in no other manner, my desire being to engage in
business and open up a new commerce, which might easily be done.
With this in view, and as director of the Missouri Fur Company, I
propose to you gentlemen that if you wish to trade and deal with me,
for whatever quantity of goods it may be, I will obligate myself to
fill each year any bill of goods which shall be given me, and all shall
be delivered [as stipulated] both as to quality and as to quantity,
at the place nearest and most convenient for both parties, to your
satisfaction, after we shall have agreed on the chosen place.
In case any of you should wish to come with Don Carlos San-
guinet to this my establishment to communicate and trade with me,
you will be received and treated with great pleasure and satisfac-
tion, and assured of a sufficient escort, agreeable to you, up. to the
time you return to your country. I commend Don Carlos San-
guinet to you as a trustworthy and honorable man, and, if you are
agreed, you may confide in him without any fear whatever; and in
case you do not come in person, I shall be obliged to you if you will
write to me. Meanwhile, awaiting you, I beg God to spare you
Your most attentive and faithful servant,
MANUEL LISA (Rubric).
12For notes on Sanguinet, see Houck, The Spanish Rdgime in Missouri,
and The History of Missouri, indexes.
"It is one of the shortcomings of our language that it is often necessary
to translate a term from one foreign tongue in terms of another foreign
tongue. This is an instance.
"'Obviously the Little Big Horn.
"The Yellowstone River.
"ePossibly he means "who may deign" to communicate with him.
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