Supy. Ind. Affs.
St Louis, May 1st, 1832
By letters recd this evening from the Indn. Agent at Rock Island, I am informed that the hostile Indns. of Black Hawk's party are continuing their course up Rock River being now about 30 miles above the Prophet's village. Their number is estimated at 600. I think it not improbable that their intention is to join their friends in Canada, and that they will make an attempt upon the settlements before they leave us. As General Atkinson is however aware of their designs, his vigilance will no doubt prevent the meditated blow. He is about to take a position below them, there to await the arrival of the mounted men under Gov. Reynolds.
KeoKuck and a number of the principal Sac & Fox Chiefs have just arrived. They manifest considerable uneasiness and anxiety on account of the confinement of their people who were concerned in the Menominie affair, three of whom were lately delivered up to Genl. Atkinson.
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Hon. Secy of War