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Colonel William Rector

THE EMIGRATING INDIANS

We have received a letter from Col. Wm. Rector, Special Agent for Superintending the Removal and Subsistence of the Indians, dated at Vicksburg, Miss., 11th inst., from which we learn, that about 4000 Choctaw Indians were expected to reach that place, by the 20th inst., about 3500 of which he supposed would ascend the Arkansas, and the balance would emigrate by land, via Monroe, La., with their horses, cattle, &c.

The gentleman who was the bearer of the letter above referred to, informed us, that from 50 to 100 Indians had reached Vicksburg, before he left, and that about 2000 more were but a short distance behind them. It was understood, that the Agents found considerable difficulty in getting the Indians started.

We also learn, that Capt. Brown, Superintendent, & c. has received information from Memphis, that a party of about 500 Indians were expected to arrive at that place from the 23d to the 28th inst.

We shall endeavor to keep our readers advised of the movements of the Indians, to enable those residing on or near the routes they may travel to make some calculations as to the probable market they will meet with for the sale of their corn and other surplus produce which they may have to dispose of.




Arkansas Gazette
, November 23, 1831

Updated 9.22.2010