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Letter from James McDonald to Joseph Martin
McDonald, James
September 06, 1785
Volume 17, Page 519

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JAS. McDONALD TO COL. JO. MARTIN.
[From Executive Letter Book.]

Lookout Mountain, Sept. 6th, 1785.

Sir:

I received of the 30th inst., your Talke to the head men which I told them as well as I could, they seemed satisfied, but I believe they would be better pleased to have seen yourself, I am sorry it is inconvenient at present for me to have the satisfaction of seeing you as I have trusted several young fellows that are at present out a hunting and I expect them in soon, and if I was out of their way they might deal with other people.

I had a Letter a few days ago from the Nation in which I am informed that an Envoy had been appointed by the Court of Spain to Congress, to settle the affairs of the Grand Boundary if they can, and that the Spaniards are Resolved to keep the Americans very high up the great River, and that the Fort at Notchay is in a formidable State. Troops were arriving every day at Pensacola, all of whom were put on board light vessels and sent to Orleans from thence to all the ports of the River.

Upon which they are very strong, at least between 5 and 600 men and about as many more ready on any Emergency to spare from the Towns, Pensacola, Orleans and Mobeil, and that the Courts of Spain have invited 600 families of French people to settle the Notchay and other vacant Land above that, that they had actually arrived in eight Vessels to Orleans, and that there is a number of Americans already taken up at Notchay and sent provisionally to Orleans. The principals of them it is said will be hanged.

This is all the news I have at present, however anything I can hear that I can put faith in, I shall let you know by the first opportunity, and believe me Sir, I shall never turn Spaniard. This is all at present, from Sir, with true esteem,

Your most obedt. Servt.,
JAS. McDONALD.