James Kerr to Stephen F. Austin, 07-18-1826
Summary: Indian hostilities.
I have just learnt (Indirectly) that you have old Roe in custody and that you inte[n]ded keeping him so until you should hear my opinion as to what tribe of Indians committed the hostilities on the Guadaloupe etc.
I have to presume that you ear this have been satisfactorily informed by Mr. Wightman on the subject—I however will state that there is not a doubt of its haveing been the Wakows that attacked my house and killd Whightman.
There is some doubt as to the tribe that that party belonged to that
attacked Dirben, in as much as they had been encamped several Days
near the place where they shot at Derbin and tho. they were not
trailed from the place, after that they had taken the Horses—yet
I did on the first view of the premisis suspect that the party that fired on Derbin had been of the main body that killd mr. Wightman; but I am of a Different opinion now, and admit a faint probibelity that it was the Tankawas that attacked Derbin. I admit this because they must have been a foot party; the horses and mule crossing the trail of the other party and that too on a direction to the crossing well known to the tankawas and near to my house; and the trail being made while the due was on, a Monday mor[n]ing.
I am unable to give an Idea relative to Roe. Admit however that his intentions were bad, he has not been with the tankawas since he made threats that I know of; tho I conceive him ameanable to the Laws for those threats in point of "Malice aforethought."
Note. Excuse haste.