From George Slaughter
Louisville 18th April 1781
Inclos’d you will recieve sundry Letters and Copys for your perusal, a Copy of the proceedings of the Commissioners against the Commissaries wou’d also been sent but on my application to Colo. John Floyd by Letter I did not recieve it for what reasons I am at a loss to determine he promising Verbally to wait on me yesterday. The Savages have been very troublesome this Spring; almost every other day we have accounts of some one being either kill’d or Captured; upwards of 40 Men, Women and Children have fallen a prey to them within the County of Jefferson in the course of 2 Months past and we have not had the satisfaction of getting but one of there Scalps.
We are here without money, Clothing, or any thing else scarsely to subsist on. By the fault of the Commissaries, Hunters or I cannot tell who upwards of One hundred and Thirty Th[ousan]d weight of meat was intirely spoiled and lost.
As to the charge laid against Capt. James Francis Moore, being misinformd it coud not be proven; I therefore think he ought to be honourably acquited. As to the farther tryal I could by no means procure the Witnesses, Joseph Lindsay of Lexington and Mr. [Richard] Masterson of Boonsburg living 120 Miles from the place appointed and but four days allow’d me to summon them which you will observe by the enclosed Letters. You’ll be kind enough to furnish Lieutenant Saunders with money and Clothing to whom I refer you to for farther Particulars and am Your Excellencys Mo Obt Hum Servant,
George Slaughter Commdt
P S The Commissioners did not think themselves authorised to set on the tryal concerning the meat.
The Indians while at this place has behaved so as to give the greatest satisfaction to the inhabitants as well as Yrs. as before,
RC (PHi); addressed and endorsed. Enclosures not certainly identifiable, but with this or an earlier letter from Slaughter to TJ were transmitted the following letters (all in Vi): (1) Richard McCarty to Slaughter, without place, 27 Jan. 1781, stating that he (McCarty) has been arrested by order of Col. Montgomery and is waiting trial, recalling “with Pleasure the Agreable Moments passed in your Company and a Sett of friends at Cahos,” and furnishing news of affairs at Cahokia and St. Joseph’s; much of this letter is printed in CVSP description begins Calendar of Virginia State Papers … Preserved in the Capitol at Richmond description ends , i, 465. (2) Leonard Helm to Slaughter, Fort Jefferson, 14 Feb. 1781, reporting the movements of friendly and hostile Indians in his neighborhood; printed in CVSP description begins Calendar of Virginia State Papers … Preserved in the Capitol at Richmond description ends , i, 516–517. (3) Robert George to Slaughter, Fort Jefferson, 15 Feb. 1781, recounting his difficulties in provisioning that post and the neighboring Indians, reporting that “The Enemy are approaching the Opost” (i.e., Vincennes), and stating that “In the Month of January I have the Pleasure to inform you we were able to drink Brandy, Taffia and Wine and with your good assistance Whisky too, but it has not made us so saucy, but we can drink all the Whisky you can send us”; printed in CVSP description begins Calendar of Virginia State Papers … Preserved in the Capitol at Richmond description ends , i, 521.
Slaughter’s statement that he could not yet send a copy of proceedings of the commissioners is inexplicable in view of the fact that he had already transmitted copies in his letters to TJ of 13 and 14 Apr. 1781.