City of Washington February 1⟨3⟩, 1816
The late Proclamation relative to Intruders on the Public Lands having apparently caused a considerable excitement, I presume it not improper to communicate the inclosed Extract from a Private Letter received this day from Colonel Nicholas Gray, Register of the Land Office at Washington, Mippi. Territory, West of Pearl River. I have the honour to be very respectfully Yours,
P.S. The Proclamation has produced, at the Land-Office at St. Stephens, M.T. the same salutary effects as at Washington.
“Land-Office, West of Pearl River, 22. January 1816.
“Our Sales had begun to slacken, until the President’s Proclamation appeared, and had general circulation: This day I have sold 2782 Acres, and expect to-morrow to sell more.”
DNA: RG 107—LRRS—Letters Received by the Secretary of War, Registered Series.