The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 45, July 1941 - April, 1942 Page: 301
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Letters and Documents
know yeilds so large a Profit, that it is no object Amongst the
Cotton planters to purchase what Flour they want & from 10
to 14 Dollars a Bbbl.
I should not have taken the liberty to have troubled you with
what I have Said above relative to the Flour Capt. Strong pur-
chased; but the Captain thinks he had Some reason to believe
such a representation of it may; or will be made, as may, throw
Some blame On him, and my being made Acquainted with the
Circumstances by all the parties, enables me so far as I am
Capable of judging to acquit him of all Blame, having as I
verily believe no alternative: I have this day drawn
in favour of Thomas M. Linnard for the Sum of four hundred
Dollars, being for One quarters Salary & Seven Months Sub-
sistance. I have Received your Packet containing the
Commission Bond etc for Mr. Linnard;21 they will be duly exe-
cuted & Returned; we have but an hour or two between the
coming in and going Out of the Mail, it must be deferred till
next Post. I am very glad of Mr. Linnard's appointment, he
is in my Opinion worthy of the trust. I wish my Son was
placed under him.
Sir most Respectfully
Your Obt. Servt.
Genl. Henry Dearborn
NB The Post not going out so soon as was expected the Oath
& Bond of Mr Linnard are Enclosed-I observe a Mistake
in the Bond, in referring to the Law Establishing trading
houses & says April 21st. 1807.22
2xMr. Linnard became factor or superintendent of the Indian factory
(trading post) at Natchitoches. This factory was established in the autumn
of 1805 by order of the War Department at Sibley's suggestion. The Sec-
retary of War to Sibley, May 25, 1805, Letter Book B, April, 1804-July,
1809, 80-81, I. A. D. I.
22An act for establishing trading houses with the Indian tribes was passed
by Congress, April 21, 1806. The superintendent of Indian trade was to
receive "an annual salary of two thousand dollars, payable quarter yearly,
at the Treasury of the United States." Each agent gave bond in such sum
as the President directed. Annals of Congress, 9th Cong., 1 Session, I,
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