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LETTERS, GENERALS SMITH AND HOUSTON - 1836, NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TEXAS
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James Smith letter to Sam Houston,  5 Oct 1836

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James Smith Letter to Sam Houston, 5 Oct 1836

Nacogdoches
Oct 5th 1836

To Genl. Samuel Houston Commander In Chief,

Sir I hav to in form in hast [haste] of the movements of the different tribes of Indians on our Northwest part of the ____ when I first [word crossed out] went up I threw much Difficulty got your letter to them They appeared glad to reciev it and agread to comply with it and to Return what property they had taken but they hav Fail to comply with Evry part ["of" crossed out] ameadatly [immediately] of after We left them they all gathered up all they had and Put off In two or three [days?] after we went to the Villeg [Village] To see if all was Rit [right] but there was not on [one] Indian to be Seene we took there trail and persude [pursued] them About thirty miles by this tim we Discovered large trails coming in from differrant dirrection intill their trails becom Verry large and there must be [a? ink blot over word] large Number of them they skinned the trees and [smudged]inted [painted ?] them as they went and all the men that was acquanted with them said they intended war And our number was Small and we Return back for we know we could not overtake them befor they got to the main body which is on Trinity at the mouth of a streem call the Bodark where at this tim there is not less than Seven or Eight hundred warriors of Different Tribes which I stated to you in my letter sent by Major Lusk also Williams who lived amonst [amongst] the Cadawes [?written over] Cam to inform me that all the wariers was gon to that point there is no doubt but they intend Hostilities. The peple are Verry much [inserted above] alarmed they wanted Me to call on men and fall on them but nowing it Was my Duty to in form you of the fact I [word crossed out] would not But told them I new as soon as you was inform you would order me to call out men anuff to Defeat Them and I do not think less than three or four Hundred I hav acted with caulhion [caution] and will continue To do so I have give the facts, please answer me in hast
I am truly your friend          James Smith
Coln

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Jacque Hall Higdon found this letter in the archives in Austin.

I have transcribed it as well as I can. I left his original spelling with a few inserts of what I think some of the words are.
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Date Taken: 5 Oct 1836

Place Taken: Nacogdoches, Texas

Owner: Sam Houston Papers, 1814-1957, Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Contributed by Sandra Smith Gwilliam, February 2003
Copyright 2003, Sandra Smith Gwilliam, All Rights Reserved.

 

 
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