I some time past acknowledged the receipt of your Excellency's Letter of the 23d of July to the Commissioners of Indian Affairs. The difficulty of procuring provisions and wagons to transport the necessaries
I informed your Excellency that the Commissioners wou'd approve of any place whereby the money promised from the State of North Carolina cou'd be placed in the hands of Mr. Gervais and Owen; I hope the negotiation of this business will not meet any obstruction as we have already engaged the money.
Colonel Vanderhost informs me he has received from Messrs. J. Gray and Thomas Blount some packages of dry goods and other articles to be sent to Kerroe to the Commissioners of North Carolina, and that it was not at present in his power to procure any wagons to transport any part of it. I shall render him any aid in my Power, and shall write up to the District of Ninety-six for wagons. During this month General Pickens cou'd not procure one there to carry up the Stores of the United States, but in October they will be less engaged on their farms and some provisions may be had on the road for their support. The drought has been so great in the interior part of this State, that the Citizens will not have provisions to last 'till the Spring.
I expect the Indians will be punctual in meeting the Commissioners as they are desirous of the friendship of the United States, being exceedingly humbled by the Termination of the Revolution. The Agent of Georgia among the Creeks has lately informed Governor Elbert that the Americans on the Mississippi have taken the Fort from the Spaniards at the Natches. The Governor says he hopes it is not true but I think otherwise.
I have just received a letter from the Secretary of East Florida, he informs me has heard some confused reports of a ruptnre at the Natches, and is unacquainted with the particulars, but he thinks we have no right to the Navigation of the river or to a settlement in the Natches District.
This Legislature made a House yesterday to endeavor to restore Order in this Government, and there are various modes thought of,