St Louis 28th. May 1806
The Inclosed papers will Shew you an event which has lately Occurred here which I regret Very much indeed—I should not Take upon myself to address you upon the Subject but leave that task to those whose immedeat duty it is, but I think I have seen a Disposition manifested by the Executive here to Give to the Circumstance the most unfavourable appearance on the part of Mr. Hammond who Unfortunately has had a part in the Affair; the Copy of the inquest will Save the Necessity for further Comments as to the death of the Indian; & as the Governor in a letter Directed to the Atty Genl States the disposition of the Indians to be different from what I have understood they had manifested in their Counsels upon the Occasion, I cover a Certifycate on that Subject, these are all the Observations I have time or feel disposed to make at present upon this unpleasant affair, & Shall only add that I am with the utmost Respect, & High Consideration
Your Mo: Ob: Hble. Servant
S: Hammond Senr.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.