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hé refused to give, saying that he was only accountable to the Go. vernor. The Quapaws have been entirely destitute of rations with the exception of three small beeves, since the 1st April, at which time I took charge of them.”,

“ I am fearful that the Quapaws will be very troublesome to the white settlements this summer, owing to their being destitute of provisions, and of course must be in a starving situation shortly, and being in a strange country where game is very scarce-corn is now selling on Red River at one dollar and twenty-five cents per bushel, and scarce."

No. 18.

DEPARTMENT OF WAR,

Office of Indian Affairs, August 3, 1826.

SIR: In the absence of the Secretary of War, and of Colonel M.Kenney, I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letters of the 4th, 6th, and 7th April last.

You will continue the services of Mitchel Bone as Quapaw Interpreter, if necessary, until you hear further from the Department. In the meantime, it is proper that you do every thing in your power to conciliate the Quapaws, and render them satisfied with their new residence among the Caddoes. In doing this, much may depend on the selection of a suitable person for Interpreter, as the situation affords the best opportunities, with judicious management, of acquiring an influence over the Indians.

There is no fixed salary for an Interpreter, and the services of Mr. Bone, in that capacity, should be engaged on the most reasonable terms—not exceeding four hundred dollars per annum, which is the amount of salary most commonly allowed to Interpreters. The sum necessary te pay his salary for the time he may be employed will be included in your quarterly estimates, on which, remittances will be made as usual.

Since commencing this letter, yours of the 30th June enclosing your accounts to that date, has been received.

I am, &c. &c.

S. S. HAMILTON.

Capt. GEORGE GRAY,

Indian Agent, &c. &c.

No. 19.

Extract of a letter from Captain George Gray, Indian Agent on Red

River, to the Secretary of War, dated October 7, 1826.

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2d Session.

War Dept.

CONTINGENT EXPENSES-MILITARY-1826.

LETTER

FROM

THE SECRETARY OF WAR,

Transmitting a Statement shewing the

EXPENDITURES OF THE MONEY

APPROPRIATED FOR THE

Contingent Expenses of the Military Establishment

FOR THE YEAR 1826.

JANUARY 10, 1827.

Read, and referred to the Committee of Ways and Means.

WASHINGTON:

PRINTED BI GALES & SEATOX.

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