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J.R. Mead to George W. Martin

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Wichita, Kansas, Oct 13th 1908


Dear Martin.


Yours 12th recvd glad to know Vol 10 is so near completion.  I appriciate the tremendous amount of work you have done, for I see that you take every possible means of verifying the History contributed, and to get all possible side lights, and explanatory notes, to be sure your “history” may be as correct as possible, I am glad to have anything I write thoroughly investigated for I am as liable to make a slip as any one else.  What you want is facts. Straight.


Now as to the Books I should like a Doz copies if you have them to share. one for myself. the akses to be distributed from Middlebury Vermont to Las Angelas Calif. among those interested in Historical work.  I would prefer to have them sent direct to me by Freight I will pay charges, send C.O.D., Miss Green of Lincoln. Judge Spelinan of McPherson, and J. C. Coble of Salina should have copies from your Office.


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you asked me once. why in writing of the Treaty of Little Arkansas I did not write of Mathewson. or Greiffenstein, it was because neither of them were there, or had anything to do with it.  Col J. H. Leavenworth who did the preliminary work made his headquarters at my Ranch at Larance and I sent parties, some of my men, direct to the Sheyenne Camps with presents from the Gent, and to invite the chiefs to a Conference.


Wm F. Cody in his new book spaks of 500# of powder and 1000# of Lead found in the Sheyenne camp at the Battle of the Washita.  Greiffenstein (“Dutch Bill”) furnished that [Sumintroes,] the fall before the Battle I personaly know of his furnishing Black Kettles Camp, with 250# powder and 500 # Lead on one trip.  Somethings of that kind.  I dont like to write for publication.  Mr. G. said in explanation that Black Kettle and his band were “good Indians” and never on the warpath. and I always understood Black Kettle to be a peaceable friendly Indian.


Very truly  J. R. Mead


P.S.  I expect to bring wife and Babies to our next meeting.   

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