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Superintendency Indian Affairs
St. Louis May 20th, 1829

I take the liberty of enclosing a Copy of a petition from a number of Settlers on Public lands to the Govmt of Illinois, which has been refered to me.

The facts are, the Sacks and Foxes Tribes who reside on Rock River and in different Villages East of The Mississippi, did on the 3rd of NovR 1804. and confirmed the said session on 13th, May 1816. Ceed to the United States all the lands East of the Mississippi.

Since that time nearly all the Foxes, and part of the Sacks have moved to the West of the Mississippi. Yet a part of the principal [XXXXX]

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and a large portion of the Sack Tribe remain at their old Village on Rock River.

They have been repeatedly advised to move West of the Missippi, and apprised of the consequences of remaining on the lands which they have Ceded.

Those people appear strongly impressed with the opinion that they have been defrauded of an immensely valuable Country, by the Treaty of 1804, held with a few of their Tribe, for which they receive so small an Annuity, as to be of little service to them and their apprehensions of their being forced from their old Vilages and to fields, produces unfriendly feelings, particularly among those who are under British influence.

The white Settlements are now extended to the edge of their fields, and it may be expected that difficulties will arise between them

To alviate this, as well as to quiet their claim to any part of the Country, South of the Ousquans in which they may have or hold in common with other Tribes, I beg leave to recommend that those Sack and Fox Tribes be unbiased in the Instructions to the Commissioners who have been authorized to hold a Treaty with the Winnebagoes, Potawatomies, Ottaways and Chippeways; for the purpose of quitting the Claim, and

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fixing a term for them to move from the Ceded lands.

I have the honour to be, with

highly Respect, Your Obt.


(Signed) Wm Clark
Hon. Sectry War
Superintendency Inc. Affairs
St. Louis 24th May 1820.

I have the honour to enclose you a letter Recd from Genl Street, the Indian Agent at Prairie du Chein, in which, he complains of his [XXXXX] Agent, to which, I beg leave to call your attention.

I have the honour to be

Your Obt. Srvt


Wm Clark
Sctry. War

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