The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 45, July 1941 - April, 1942 Page: 382
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heard of the farther exploring of the River Arkensa & Red
River being postponed, And wished to prepare the way for the
friendly reception of the Party should they have visited the
Panis Nation. I sent some presents to the great Panis Chief.
They informed me that Governor Cordero of St.
Antonio had last Winter Sent for them, and a Minor Chief with
a Small Party had been to St. Antonio, had taken the Spaniards
by the hand had Received from them a Great Many Presents
in Arms, Amunition, Horses, Mules, Saddles, Bridles, Blankets
etc., and that they had brought home with them Three Stands
of Spanish Colours; but that the Great Chief had refused to
have them Hoisted in the Nation; but had Continued to use
an United States Flag which I gave him two years Ago, the
Great Chief sent to me for two other flags that they might
have one for each Village, I was Sorry I had none to Send
him. I received likewise a very friendly Message from
a great Hietan Chief who with his hord had Spent Sometime
near the Panis Town. Mr. Lewis was in their Camp Some days,
he believes it Consisted of not less than three thousand Souls,
and that he saw not less than 5000 Horses and Mules. Many
of the Horses he says were large & very finely formed. I think
it probable I Shall receive a Visit from a Party of them in the
course of this Summer or Autum Capt Pike & Doctor
Robinson will Announce to you I presume their Arrival at this
place with the most Correct Accounts from the Spanish In-
terior.29 I am Correctly informed there are about 200 Spanish
troops at the Accokesacos [Orcoquisac] near the Mouth of the
Trinity River, last year they only had there a Sergeant & Twelve
Enclosed is an acct of Some Cash expenditures which Mr
Linnard has advanced for me for which Agreeable to his request
I have drawn on you for the Amt.
Sir with great respect & Esteem
Your Obt. Hble Servt.
General Henry Dearborn.
(To be continued)
29Pike and Robinson had been sent out of Spanish territory by way of
Texas after having been detained in Chihuahua as political prisoners by
the commandant general. Bancroft, North Mexican States and Texas, II, 3.
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