NATIONAL ARCHIVES MICROFILM M234, ROLL 290, FRAME 299
On board the schooner Rodney
LETTERS RECEIVED BY THE OFFICE OF INDIAN AFFAIRS 1824 - 1881
New Freedom, Mi 11 Nov 1838
I have the honor to enclose herewith the muster rolls of Creek and Appalachicola Indians
on board the Steam Boat Rodney on their way to Arkansas. We left Pensacola on the 29th Oct
and arrived New Orleans on the 2d Novb. At New Orleans we took on board the Rodney the Indians
shipped per the Schooner Octavia and Vesper and next morning proceeded on our voyage and reached
Natchez on the 5th. We remained at Natchez one day in order to procure supplies and to afford the
Indians to purchase clothing which they stood very much in need of. For those who had not the
means to purchase for themselves, I supplied such articles as were absolutely necessary for their
comfort on the voyage.
They have suffered very much from sickness. Six have died since we left Chattahoochee and now more
than twenty are upon the sick list. The weather has been unusually cold for the season, which no
doubt, has increased the number of invalids.
The water in the Mississippi is very low. We lay two days upon a sand bar about 25 miles above
Vicksburg. If the Arkansas River continues as low as it is reported to be at present, I will
disembark the Indians at the first convenient point where transportation can be procured and
proceed to land to Fort Gibson.
I have employed George R. Beard as an assistant at four dollars a day, James A. Sessions as
interpreter at two 50/100 dollars per day and George H. Mitchell to take charge the Indians on
board the Schooner Octavia at four dollars per day. I, also, employed at Pensacola, Dr. B. Kittridge (sp?)
as physician at five dollars per day. Mr. Mitchell was discharged upon arrival at New Orleans. These
appointments, I trust, will meet with your approbation.
I have the honor to be
your obt. servant
Comm. of Indian Affairs
Washington City, D.C.
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