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Cummins_1832_01_09
Shawaneo Agency 9th Jany 1832
Genl. Wm. Clark,
Supt. Ind. Affs
Sir._ In answer to your letter of the 27th Oct. 1831, in which you instruct me to sound the Kickapoos on the subject of exchanging their lands in this State for lands on the Missouri, west of the State, I can state to you that for the last nine months, Patsachehoy, the principal Chief of the Kickapoos has frequently told me through the Int. Cap. Anthony Shane, that he wished to make the exchange, and that he believed all the Kickapoos were in favour of making the exchange except one man, and that he wished the Government would appoint commissioners, to treat with them upon equitable terms. The reasons which he gave, I think were good ones; - he stated that the white people were settling near their villages, and were in the habit of furnishing his people with large quantities of whiskey, that they were giving everything they could get for whiskey, - that they were destroying themselves, raising nothing to live on; that he wanted to get them out of the State, where they could not get whiskey so easy, and where he thought they would do better.


I have the honor to be,



Yr. Ob. Svt.


(Signed)
Richard W. Cummins,





Ind. Agent

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