Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Henry Dearborn, 12 July 1804

12 July 1804

he has come on the recomedn of Capt Lewis

* hes come on his recommedn. quite ignorant

* hes come thro’ midst of enemies but is now satisfied & glad he has come

That Choteau has brot up all these young men has taught them our ways, & therefore he has chosen them to come with him.

* he has seen truly that the murders were on peopl not coming by order of the govnt

+ come crying 5. killed 2. burnt. has seen without our [. . . .]

he’s come with pain as all the rests hopes to get back [bellies?]

comes with head down, hopes to go back with it up

my brother had well advised me Therefor I have found less difficulty

long since I desired to see greatest chief. I now see him

I come with a man who [. . . .].

for all those people who come

+ desires nobody may go to his village till he returns

+ his nations large—never been well supplied with merchandise—Hopes we will do it

+ since 2. years village divided in 2. this has occasioned difficulties. they commit depredns. he wishes to reunite them. this depends on us.

it is a chief separated through anger. prays us to reunite them. he hopes we will grant him this favor.

altho’ he will be far from us he will always recieve our word with pleasure & remember what we say to him here.

+ I am young. come to hear your counsels. my father has come & given me a medel.

+ hopes have consdn for him. hopes that tho’ he is under the other chief, we will give him things separately for his village

his father dead: he is young. Choteau raised him, made him chief with Spain. hopes we will continue him the favor of Spain.

distant nations have driven him from the Missouri, because he was weak. he has put himself under the other chief for protection

the young will not forget our counsels when he gets back

will always remember with pleasure having seen us.

hopes we will have quelques egards pour lui.

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