The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 33, July 1929 - April, 1930 Page: 74
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Although De Mun and Chouteau were imprisoned in Santa Fe71
in June, 1817, and both wrote perfect French,72 yet the complete
omission of any reference either to their imprisonment or to their
main interest, the fur trade, seems to indicate that neither of these
was the author.
The time during which the author of the Notes was in New
Mexico appears to have been either in the spring of 1817 or be-
tween July, 1817, and June, 1818. As observed by Bancroft,
Allande did not send out parties until early in 1817. The omission
of De Mun's and Chouteau's arrest, accordingly, seems to indicate
that the Notes were written before June, 1817. On the other hand,
it is possible that the author was in New Mexico some time after
that episode. Finally, since at least two months would have been
required for the Notes to reach Onis in Philadelphia, thence to be
forwarded to Venadito on August 3, the report predates early June,
University of Oklahoma, Norman, Okla.
T1Bancroft, Arizona and New Mexico, p. 298, states that they were in jail
forty-eight hours. This is an error, as De Mun states that they were
imprisoned forty-eight days. De Mun to Clark, Annals of Congress, 15th
Congress, 1st Session, II, p. 1960.
"The writer is indebted to Miss Stella M. Drumm for this information
concerning De Mun and Chouteau.
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