The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 45, July 1941 - April, 1942 Page: 300
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
County of Oppelousas [Opelousas] by Thomas are the Same.
Some particular Cases require Some Small presents; but they are
made with Caution & to the best of my judgement & discre-
We find Since the peace between the Caddos & Chactas
[Choctaws]20 that the number of the Latter are very much
Increased on this side the Mississippi, and Since the death of
their great Chief they are rambling about in Small Idle Hordes,
are troublesome amongst the Inhabitants, and often disorderly
& dishonest. There is not a Man Amonst them fit for a Suc-
cessor to the Deceased Chief I wish to Collect & Settle
them together & appoint a Chief that they will respect & with
whom affairs Amongst them may be transacted. We
find likewise that Inconveniences arise having the factory in
the little Town of Natchitoches, bringing the Indians Amongst
the Citizens where there are so many shops or places where
Spiritous Liquors are Sold, all our Vigilance is ineffectual in
keeping them from Intoxication, & disturbing the Village, and
they are when in that State frequently Robed of their property
by negroes & unprincipled white men with which this place is
invested The Troops being stationed here is in Some respects
Subject to the Same Objections.
Capt. Strong the Commanding Officer at the Fort here has
been Under the necessity of paying a Very Extravagant price
for a few Barrels of Flour the Garrison had been On reduced
Rations for some days, the Contractor Agent had Encouraged
the hope of a supply from day to day, or in case of failure a
substitute of Corn Meal, both of which failing, a small Boat
Arrived with a few Barrels as the Owner Sayed he was on his
way with it to Bayou Pierre where he was to have a good Mule
for each Barrell, he refused to take less for it than $50 a Barrel
& passed on with it, the Captain was reduced to the Necessity
of Sending after him & giving him his price, or doing without
Bread. Since that [incident] Lieut. Pratt has made a trip to
Natchez in a Small Boat in a less time than it was ever done
before & brought a small supply. Since that time [flour] has
Arrived for Sale & offered at Sixteen Dollars a Barrel & it will
probably be Lower. There are good Mill Seats in this Country
and Wheat grows as well as Any where, and it may perhaps
One day be a Flour Country; but Labour when directed to the
Cultivation of Cotton which is better here than Any where I
villages there were some wanderers among their tribe, who roved through
all the high country of Lower Louisiana. Sibley said that neither white
people nor Indians liked them. Annals of Congress, 9th Cong., 2nd Session,
20In Sibley's survey, made in 1803, he stated that the Choctaws were at
war with the Cadodachos. These tribes made a peace pact in Natchitoches
on May 17, 1804, which Sibley witnessed. Sibley to General Dearborn,
Natchitoches, July 3, 1807, MS., O. R. W. D.
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