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The Indian Advocate. ' 165
with the rights of self-government. This brought about the treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek, which resulted in their sell ing their lands east of the Mississippi and purchasing the tract now occupied by them and the Chickasaws. It was agreed that the proceeds of the sale was to be placed in the treasury and paid within a certain time with interest at 5 per cent up to date of payment. But the payment was deferred for half a century; the interest, which would have swelled the original sum to many millions, was only allowed for two years, and the principal cut down so that the entire sum only amounted to about $1,641,896 when divided. The treaty was followed by a universal preparation for the new land, many of the very old as well as the very young sharing in the toilsome journey. We shall not dwell upon the hardships undergone by these patient people, not a few of whom perished in their pilgrimage. The greater number sojourned in Eagle, Tow sen, Bok-tuk-kalo and other eastern counties. Among these was Nathaniel Folsom, the father of twenty-four children, who, stricken with the palsy, died and was buried on Moun tain Fork, October, 1833, in the same grave with his sister, Mrs. Robinson, mother of Rev. Calvin Robinson, of Caddo, who passed away just three days before her brother. So dis astrous were the effects of this march that a number of the emigrants who had come to prospect for future settlements returned at once to Mississippi, believing the new country to be sickly in the extreme. It was not until 1840 or 1845 that the Choctaws had all arrived and settled themselves permanently in their new do minion. At this period, and for many years after, we find the most important centers of trade at Doaksville and Boggy Depot. The latter point (which is now abandoned with the exception of Governor Wright's old residence") was visited by whites and Indians from a distance of two hundred miles, who came to trade with the merchants, who in their turn were supplied from Jefferson, Tex., and New Orleans, La.