The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 45, July 1941 - April, 1942 Page: 297
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Letters and Documents
this On River, & when he does arrive here I shall do every
thing I Can for him And for Any Indians that May Accompany
The Indians Seem all friendly to us & well attached to Our
Government nothing extreordinary has Occurred Amongst them
Except a Man by the name of Samuel Watson at the Salt Works
on the 10th. of Jany. last Killing an Indian of the Creek Nation
by the name of Tom. Watson made his escape & could not be
Taken though all due Measures were persued to apprehend
him, from what I Can learn The Indian was Coming
upon Watson with a Knife, & Watson shot him dead.
The Relations of the Indian were Out hunting a distance off.
I have not Yet Seen them tho: I dispached a Messenger for
them some time Ago. I shall Pacify them to prevent any at-
tempt to retaliate & have no doubt of Succeeding. Tom that is
Killed was considered a Bad Man by both white & Red people.
I have been More than Once obliged to Imprisson him for his
Outrageous Conduct at this place.
Sir Most respectfully
Your Obt. Servant
Natchitoches 3d April 1807
Everything is quiet in this quarter at Present. In the Month
of Jany. last a party of about 25 Ozages [Osages] crossed Red
River above the Caddo Nation & stole from the Caddos 72
Horses, and it is reported have Killed one of a hunting party
of white men who went from here & Robed the same.-----Eight
or nine Chochattas (or Creeks) & Alibamis" were out a hunting,
fell in with the Same party of Ozages, Attacked them in the
night, killed five of them, Routed the whole party, & Retook
5"In July, 1806, Pike had been sent by General Wilkinson to explore the
Arkansas and Red Rivers. He had been arrested on the Rio Grande and
taken to Santa F6; thence he was sent to Chihuahua, where Commandant
General Salcedo was holding him for investigation. For details see Zebulon
Montgomery Pike, The Expedition of Zebulon Montgomery Pike-to the
Headwaters of the Mississippi River-and in New Spain During the Years
1805-6-7 (New York, 1895; Elliot Coues, ed.), II.
"6The Spanish spelling of this word is Alivamo. They migrated from the
Alabama River in West Florida. One group lived on Red River near the
Cadodachos. Another group lived in the Opelousas district. In May, 1804,
the commandant general decreed that some Indian tribes from Louisiana
might settle in Texas. A group of Alibamis settled on the Neches south of
Nacogdoches. Annals of Congress, 9th Cong., 2nd Sess., 1085; Mattie
Austin Hatcher, The Opening of Texas, 76.
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