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this place might be encouraged to come to their Country, that
they might become better acquainted with us, & have An oppor-
tunity in their Own Country of proving their friendship, & com-
plained that they were imposed upon by traders that were fitted
Out from Nacogdoches. (You have a Coppy of The Speech of
the Tawakeno [Tuacanas] Chief expressive of the Above).
In the Spring following I received a Message from the
Great Panis or Tawiache Chief [Taovayas] informing, "that in
the Summer there would be assembled at or Near his Village
a very large Number of friendly Indians of the Nations in his
Neighbourhood, for the purpose of holding a trading fare, &
they would be much pleased If some traders from this place
would attend the fare. This I mentioned in presence of Captain
Anthony Glass. Soon after Mr Glass informed me If he could
procure at Natchitoches Suitable Goods. & I would Give him
a Licence, he believed he would take a trip to the Panis Nation.'
I Shew'd him the Act of Congress by which I was governed in
Such Cases; & told him he would perceive the Condition that
a bond with Security to the amt of One thousand dollars would
be required. Some Short time after he Came Again with a
Security, executed a Bond, & I gave him a Licence in the usual
form he took with him a Mr Alexander from No. Carolina a
relation of the late Governor Alexander, and of Mr. Alexander
of Congress-a Man of great Sobriety, discretion, and a very
honest Character. Mr Alexander the Year before had been at
the Panis Nation with Mr Lewis & five or six other persons, who
took their departure while General Wilkinson" & Col Cushing
were here I am pretty Confident with the knowledge of the
General. Mr Alexander being an Ingenuous friendly Man taught
the Indians Several Usefull things & became thereby a great
favourite among them. Mr Glass had 5 or 6 other persons as
hirelings or assistants, all of them Characters that I knew &
approved of, he left with me a list of the Goods he took Out,
all which I found to be proper Articles. They were Armed Only
5'Claiborne in reporting this incident to the Secretary of War described
Glass as if he were not a well known personage, and stated that Glass gave
himself the title of captain, that for this expedition he had procured from
several army officers an epaulet, a sword, a belt, and a military coat.
Claiborne declared that it was improper for Glass to boast to certain men
that he had a commission from the United States, therefore the Spaniards
could not touch him, and to confide in them that the real object of his party
was to visit a silver mine. Claiborne concluded his report by stating that
he did not know the object of Glass's expedition, and added, that "prob-
ably it may be nothing more than a plundering or silver mine expedition
set on foot by Glass-But it may be a prelude to a project of greater mo-
ment;-It has a squinting toward Burrism." Clarence Edwin Carter,
Territorial Papers of the United States, Orleans Territory, IX, 799-800.
56Sibley refers to General Wilkinson's presence at Natchitoches in October
and November of 1806, when the Neutral Ground Agreement was made.
Marshall, A History of the Western Boundary of the Louisiana Purchase,
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