Creator

George Izard

Date Original

1827 June 6

Description

Letter from George Izard to the Secretary of War describing the harsh treatment of the Quapaws by the Caddos.

Transcription

[Page 1] Honble Secy at war.
Little Rock,
June 6th 1827
Sir,
On my arrival here ten days ago
I had the honour of receiving several
letters from the War Department.
That of the 26th March relative
to the treatment of the Quapaws
by the Cadeau Tribe & their agents
was particularly gratifying, as I
have strong reasons for believing
that gross misconduct has been
exercised in that quarter towards
these unfortunate people. I was in-
formed last summer that many of
these
[Page 2] Honble Secy at war.
Little Rock,
June 6th 1827
Sir,
On my arrival here ten days ago
I had the honour of receiving several
letters from the War Department.
That of the 26th March relative
to the treatment of the Quapaws
by the Cadeau Tribe & their agents
was particularly gratifying, as I
have strong reasons for believing
that gross misconduct has been
exercised in that quarter towards
these unfortunate people. I was in-
formed last summer that many of
these
[Page 3] On my way from N. Orleans I became
acquainted with Capt Nath Prior,
a very intelligent man who accom-
panied Mr Lewis & Clark
to the Pacific Ocean, and has
since that time been much among
the Indians, particularly the Osages.
I learnt from him that he was directed
by Genl. Clark, the Superintendant
at St. Louis, to speak to me relating
to the advantage of having a sub agent
appointed to reside with that band
of the Osages, who are designated as [illegible]
and to ask my cooperation in recommunicating
the measure to government. I under-
stand from various sources that
Capt. P. has great influence among
those people. He suggested a project,
which applears very practicable
of inducing the Quapaws to join the
Osage Nation, who are desirous of re-
reiving and amalgamating them
with themselves. He also stated
his assurance that he could establish
a peace between the Choctaws &
the Osages, and effect immediately
the surrender of some Osage prisoners
made
[Page 4] made by the former. The apprehen-
sion of hostilities is represented as
a principal cause of the tardy move-
ment of the Choctaws to occupy the
country ceded to them within the limits
of this Territory by the United States.
I am induced by these motives to join
Gen'l Clark in proposing the appoint-
ment of Capt Prior to the sub agency
in question, and should it take place
I will immediately direct him to
commnce the negotiations above
mentioned.
I am

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Document

Subjects

Native Americans; Caddos; Quapaws; Correspondence

Geographical Area

Arkansas

Language

English

Identifier

SMC.0009.0012, Item 8

Collection

Small manuscript collection

Publisher

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Letter from George Izard to the Secretary of War, June 6, 1827, Small manuscript collection, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.

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