From Zebulon Pike, 10 December 1799
Fort Pickering Chickasaw Bluffs Mississippi Decemr 10th. 1799
In conformity to Orders received from Colo John Hamtramck I have the Honor to Inclose Our Muster Rolls, Monthly and Inspection Returns. Returns of Ordnance, Small Arms, and Medicine. And of Ordnance, Quarter Masters, and Hospital Stores, as well of Provisions on hand, Also a return of Quarter Masters Stores, Necessary at this Place, all of which I believe to be Correct—
The Indians, as far as comes within my Knowledge, exhibit a peaceable disposition—
We are diligently employed, Erecting a small Fortification about Two Miles below Our present Lodgement—
I do not Know that I have a syllable of Public Concern further to communicate and must conclude with assuring That I am Your Very Obt Humble Servant
Zebn Pike Captain
(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). H underlined the words "Our Muster Rolls," put an X above the word "Rolls," and wrote the words "Pay Master" in the left margin. He also underlined "Inspection Returns" and wrote "Adj Gen" in the margin. In addition, he put an "X" beside the line beginning "Necessary at this Place" that referenced a return of the Quarter Masters Stores, and wrote "Col Ogden" in the margin to the left.