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Captain Jacob Brown to C.A. Harris — July 10 1837

Little Rock
July 10, 1837

Sir

Herewith I have the honor to transmit Contract with Bonds, extend into for furnishing the Creek Emigrants in their new Country with Subsistence for 12 months, commencing on the 1st of April next—including such Seminoles may be emigrated to their New Country from the 30” line, next, to the 31st of Mary, 1838.

I also cover an Abstract of the Bids receiving

The furnishing is taken on better terms than I had reason to expect; and is in some measure owing to the short period of payment bring monthly if required—enabling twenty enterprising men without much capital, to undertake the furnishing. I must therefore request that the agent at this office for always keep in funds; to meet the payments when called for. The Contract will amount to about half a million of Dollars. Of the number made on the 25” November last $200.000, then will remain on have applicable to this contract about $100.000; which will meet the calls for April and May.

The Seminoles inhabit the same country with the Creeks. I therefore deemed it best to include in this contract the furnishing of all those that might emigrate to this new country, the ensuing season after the expiration of the Contract—30th June, next—by which they are now subsisted. This will do away the necessity of making a Contract should any of that tribe hereafter be emigrated.
Respectfully

I have the honor to be
Your Obt. Ser.
J. Brown Capt USA

Source: Capt. Jacob Brown to C.A. Harris, July 10 1837, National Archives Record Group 75, Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Letters Received, Creek Agency Emigration, Roll 238, B161.

Updated 3.1.2010