Hugh B Johnston to Stephen F Austin, 11-09-1829

Summary: Danger of Indian war. Much apprehension aroused by migration of Indians from the United States. Hopes Austin can stop the movement.


Col Austin

Dear Sir We have had Some apprehensions of an Indian war hear, we heard a great talk respecting it from Some particular Indians of the Coushatties in consequence of Which I payed them a visit in company with Capt. Orr we held a taulk with all the principle chiefs they denyed ever hearing any thing like a casperacy against the american Collany, also appeared to be very friendly, and above all things, to be at piece and friendly with the Americans this I believe to be the truth with the great majority of the coushatties and Allibamas but I am fully of the oppinion that there has been a considerable talk of War among the differant tribes north of this and that the Shawenees which was hostile to the Americans in the last war was the principle adgitators, the indians States that all of the auld creek Indians is on this side of the Mississippi and is comeing to settle among them I have had it from good authority and I expect that you are not unapprised of the fact, that they or apart of them are now on the confines of this country, and are makeing application for land in the Texas, now Sir if these Indians which are said to be from five to eight thousand Strong with all the balance of those detached warlike tribes are allowed to settle in this country, I think it not hard to predict the consequence. I think from the conversation which we had on the subject a year or two ago, your views correspond with that of my own, Now Sir I think that our hope is in you to stop this great evil, by a true reppresentation to the goverment of the inevable ill consequence which must result some day or other from suffering those hell hounds to settle among us, if they do not proclaim immedeate war or commence hostilities they will be for ever stealling and robing whear ever they have the chance if once they feel them selves strong please to right to me by the first oppertunity and communicate you Ideas to me on the Subject ard what you think can be done, I hear that the commishernor has gone on to Nacogdoches perhaps he could put a stop to those fatile invitations by some of our great men to those Devils visiting Texas but you know best, I remain yours with Esteem

Hugh B Johnston

Nov the 9th 1829

Los 8000 indios de qe. hable el capitán Johnston son del tribu Moscogue ó creek y ya han emigrado al territorio de Arkansas Johnston es capitán de la milicia sobre el rio Trinidad

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