Frederick Bates to Moses Austin, 09-12-1807
Summary: Relations with John Smith.
I have delayed very long to answer your letter of the
It is pretty generally agreed that you and Col° Smith have been
at the head of the two great parties, which have heretofore divided
the district of St Genevieve.— Your opponent has been dismissed
With respect to the disaffection of certain persons in your quarter of the Country, you must be very sensible—that I have no proofs.
When a Public Agent proscribes a Citizen and declares him unworthy of public trust the world will expect to be told of what he has been guilty.— I have nothing but the surmises of [undecipherable] enemies to offer.—
Major Cook has been with me—He recriminates, tho' he knows nothing of your accusations—but permit me to assure you, that I entertain the same high opinions of your purity of character and conduct that I ever did—
With respect to a Legionary Corps—I approve the idea, and should certainly be gratified by sanctioning such an arrangements— but it cannot at this time be carried into effect, It shall not be forgotten
Mr. James Austin is so fully possessed of my feelings on these subjects that he will carry them to you more satisfactorily than I have now leisure to do—