Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from James Wilkinson, 22 October 1805

St. Louis Oct. 22nd. 1805


The Bearer hereof Capt. Amos Stoddard, who conducts the Indian deputation on their visit to you, has charge of a few natural productions of this Territory, to amuse a leisure Moment, and also a Savage delineation on a Buffaloe Pelt, of the Missouri & its South Western Branches, including the Rivers plate & Lycorne or Pierre jaune; This Rude Sketch without Scale or Compass “et remplie de Fantaisies ridicules” is not destitute of Interest, as it exposes the location of several important objects, & may point the way to useful enquiry—among other things a little incredible, a volcano is distinctly described on Yellow Stone River, & a flinty substance which cuts Iron, on a branch of the Missouri designated “La Belle eau.—

Permit me Sir to name Capt Stoddard to you, as a Man of worth & Intelligence, He understands well the political History of this Territory, and no one is better acquainted with the views, Interests & merits, of the Individuals composing its population

With Perfect respect & Sincere attachment I am sir Your Obedt Sevt

Ja: Wilkinson

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