Yesterday I received from the Chickasaw Nation a Letter of which the following is a Copy1 :
This is certainly the earliest piece of intelligence that could be had. I expect several of the Chickasaw Chiefs here every hour and shall have the particulars of the Treaty, which shall without loss of time communicate by express to your Excellency. In the mean time shall take every step, necessary, to find out the intentions of the Spaniards; and likewise make myself acquainted with the most private intrigues of the Indians. I shall set off to the Nation immediately. William Lytle and Samuel Royley, who trade with the
Some of the Cherokee Chiefs informed me the same. My connexion with some of the principals of this Nation is such, that nothing of this kind can transpire without my knowledge which will enable me to give you a true account of what may be of benefit to the public to know.
1 Vide letter pages 83-84.