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AMD Vol. VI. FIYH DOLLjU'.S I'HH ANNUM. DOCUMENTS JtfedTttfianmng « MESSAGE from ili' PRKSWMJVT of the United Stmte*. Comprizing at full length all the Juilie.ru not firwiowtly inserted in lli» Nativnai intelligencer. jtjftdevil of Francis Rohan, continued. \ ig the deponent had occasion to go to t'..-house of half a league distant, '■• wig > Oud at whose house the j nt of Spanish soldiers or • .1 i, stationed. Soon after his* ar-j , a corporal of m into a small n t » rt- ! use, under pr> him. As soon as he eu iorporal told him he .oner, and placed a cent; the dO r; then told lam they wanted to Oliver and Case, or either of them, that if they did not find them, he the deponent should pay for it. I hey kept him ' i-i the room from about eight in tiie morning till one, af ternon. They then removed the • ne.it on his own none, with one armed aim and another behind, and ordered him to shew Oliver ami Case, lie conducted them in that man ncr a it miles, where he under stood Mr. Case had been to Mr. Doley's. Arriving there, and not finding him, the depbptnt was left <.t Mr. Doley'a under a guar 6 corporal went to some house.:; -c .r by, in tae neighborhoi search for him, but could not iind him ; after which thej sat off in the same or der in which they came, ta return back to de Soto's, tin the way they discover ed a fresh trail of horses crossing the [ road, and leading from Mr. Ptsot's plan- j tation towards tiie plantation of Mr. j Robban, which tliey concluded to be the j trail of Lucas with the packs, fcx. The ' orient then I to escape from them, but was overtaken and tied with his hand's behind them, with a coarse hair rope ; tliey then put hi* on his horse horse, one of the Spaniards lead ing his hoise by a rope, and another following behind and holding the other cm! of the hair rope with which the de ponent's hands were tied. It was at j this time, towards eight o'clock in the I c /enhig, the moon shone bright; they J followed the trail leading towards the plantation about two miles and a half, j and found all the horses grazing. The j Spaniards went immediately to gather- j im* them up, and look possession of them I all'; drove them into a pen b the plantation, and placed a guaru over j them ; afu-r which tiuey umied the dc- ] pontnt, -ye h'.m intotht pen with the I horses, and kept him under guard j am. >n; st the hordes the remainder of the j rilglltf After the horse.-, and the depc- j nent were thus pennea uj> together, the j corporal armed himself with a pair of pistols, an 1, with a rope under his coat, sato!l'for Lucas's camp, the light of vh i, . saying he would go and tie Luck*, iic Wtis gone about a quarter of an hour, When n< came run hiug back, much out oi breath, and ex thed, " i'dast the Indian, he wanted t> sheet me with his arrow 1" Soon me up ; the c6i ed at the an, whotfeplied, "Y«ii had best be ea»y, for i am not a dnld ; I me that you ar ''■'■'-.' '1 - poral then sp-. ; m, told him he wis : orry for what he had done ; it w .. s shook hands with him, 8i Tlii "-'ho was an Yattasse, ■ toid the'depo'nent to tell the b( lc (the Spaniaru) had wanual , rotakt Liicar, but if he had taken him jiti shoulo ; tied him or taken him off. The Indian after v avds . c;d to him, the deponent, how the cor tlje live where Lucas and bin rli werelriciunYped. Lucas saw lum turning and rose, up; the coporal led to'him and told him he Watited to iktohim i Lucas saw him armed, ;Ul ,:, | he had, and. re tre !•■(! a few steps from the fire; the oal told him to stop, or he would shoot hini ; and Lucas told hi would not stop, and r«n off. ' i! ' r l . ;n at the same moment drew ins bow to shoot the corppral, who likewise ran nndhidhimselt in thetornflcld. The .oent farther s'aith, that while he imprisoned in the horse-pen toe horses, the Indian came *uto thi to him, and staid v,hii him the re. •U v oi the night, '.vane time in the would tii ; bill h\>\ that, he, the Indian, wi : v the t[e ponem ti ■ "'' '-• lliftdepi that the ney _. ,:«,.i. id. sat Ofi, Willi bra rses, for De house,'and-as they were going by Mr a e,enthe|jJ! way,h< |^ rt , a drink of water, his escape out of the back door, hid himself in a cotton held, from thence int >a thicket, where he remain ed hid till nig! i horse, saddle, ahd briddle at Mr. r%ot's gate, which two Spaniards took ( ff. In the evening he came into Mr. I'i srt 's ln-iist ; Mr. Pisot gave him some victuals auu advised him to mak* WASHINGTON CITY, PRINTED BY SAMUEL HARRISON SMITH, PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE. best of his way for 1 s for the liards were d him, unci had given him positive instruc tions to take him if he coukl, bind hith and bring him-to th : and that the. .1 off ail the horses fol lies. 'The deponent set off im mediately and travelled all night, avoid .•; much as he c< m dn road, J understanding that there were Span iards postedpnthe r nrm. About an hour before day light he ar -1 rived at Mr* ooley's St found tiie l liards had arrived" there with all the • him, and a ceritlnel I guarding tin m, id pwn horse among j tiu: riiu FiSrtlu;r the deponent saitu not. (Signed') his FRANCIS k IvQBAN. Sworn before me. (Signed) JOHN SIiiLEY. Extract of a letter from governor 11 ilia in C C. Claiborne, to the *t> Cretan/ of dated New-Orlkass, March 1.5, JBO4. ■ SIU, « In consequence of a letter I receiv ed from Mr. Joseph Chambers,, the j United States factor at fort St. Step- ■ hensi, informing me that he had a quan tity of peltry, &q. ready for exportation,' and desiring that I would make arrange- j mfcnts with the Sp .oritics to ( seeure>to articles to and from the iac-: tory a passijje free from interruption or I duties. 1 addressed to the. governor of t Florida (who is now in this city) a letter, of which the inclosed, No. 1, is a copy,and on this day I received an i answer, of which Mo. 2, is a copy. From c Documents you will discover,that j the interest of the factory is, in a inea ; sure, subjected to the caprice of a Spa-, nish officer." Copy of a letter from governor Clai borne Eoleh, dated) New-Orleans, March !th, 1804. sin, The President of the United States, with a view to preserve a good under ' standing with the Choctaw Indians, has | established a factory, or trading house at fort St. Stephens, on the Tombecbee. The goods, transmitted to tins factory and ihtfcltru, &c. exported therefrom, are the property of the U. States, and I persuade myself that on their plaasage |by the way of Mobile, no duties will be j exacted, or interruption oifercd by the j authorities of Spain. I beg leave to remind your excellen- I cy, that by a treaty between the United ! States and his Catholic majesty, they I are mutually bound to restrain the Indr ! ans within their respective limits, from } committing hostilities against the adja i cent settlements of either power. The rtdorc.of the factory at fort's*. Stephen*', is Interesting tb both our nations, since the influence which the eminent may acquire in the Choctaw councils will be used not on ly to seorre peace and safety to our own frontiers but to the dominions of his Ca tholic majesty. Accept assurances of my great re- I high consideration. (Sic 'AMC.C.CLAIBOBNE. His excellency governor Eolch. Cojnj of a .letter from Governor Faith to governor • do'ed jViiir-OJiLSAKS, March Lsth, 1804. ' sin, In order to answer your letter of the i 7t\x hist, with due propriety, and ac- I cm-ding to the spirit ol : the royal orders prevailing on the subject, 1 cduwiUedj ' the iiitendant, Mr. John I>. Moralis, i j who liae given me his opinion in the j J following terms : j " My opinion, sir, respecting the par j ticulars related in governor Claiborne's ! letter to you, is, that we cannot deviate , from thoorder given to us by his Ca -1 thoii- majesty, which I have transcrib led to you in my last of the StJti inst. For the same reason, when his excellency, ; general Wilkinson, requested to allow p&ttsof two American vessels, one in the spring, the other in the fall, which ! 1 did not grant, and his majesty ap- aluct and caused the trea ty to be carried into execution." " These circumstances will convince ellency, that it is not in my power to comply with your request: • irer, ! will 'represent the cas the king, ai\cl inform you of the result as soon as possible. Accept assurances oi my respect, and consideration, icd, V. VOLCIi. Uie excellency gov. Claiboi n Extract of a letter from Joseph Cham :,, United Slatesjhctor, to the s t - j cretary ofwai " CuAtXAW tnjDJSC NOV; April 11, 18C " It may not be improper m me to i siat", that 'h. will be impossible to tinue the trading house on the river Tombigby, unci to afford to the Indians that friendly accommodation intended by the gi ! without inclining cert etlily freed from theher.Vy exaction el i 2 per W'l;N; :.uAY, DEC'Ail'ldl Zu, 1805. centum, demanded by ttie Spanish offi cers ij irts that this pout, andtnt same oh imports, ma king together nearly one fourth per cen tum." -Extract of a letter from Gov. Clai- borne to the secretary of war, d w-orlkaxs, 20.h April, 1(0-1. v In conmrmity with my advice J . seph Chambers, United States factor for the Choctaw nation, has shipped a quantity of peltry for Philadelphia (via New-Orleans.) On the | f the w down the Mobile river a duty was demanded by the Spanish officers at the town of Mobile, and which Mr. Chtm'Kvii paid, not, however, without; i entering a. firoieit against the procied j ing, a copy of which 1 now enclose you, j Some provisions, sent by the. contrftt j tor tram this city to fort Sco '.dart, were detained at Mobile until a duty of !12 per Cent, was paid thereon ; d< 'it's j are also exacted on all exports p. down the Mobile, and paid very reluc tantly by our citizens. ; Tiie Spaniards are fortifying Pensa -1 cola and the town of Mobile; at the I former place there is tjrtbestationedfive or six hundred men, and at the latter a battalion of artillery and one compa j ny of dragoons are now employed." ' Copy of th; protest of Joseph Cham bers, United Sates factor. Whereas, by the order of the proper , officers of the government of the United j States of America, 60 bales, three jiogs j heads and one barrel of peltries and furs, the property oi said government, collected at the governmental trading house established by authority for the friendly accommodation of the Choctaw nation cf Indians, was directed to be transported from said trading houte, in the county of Washington, Mississippi territory, by descending theTombigbee or Mobile river, and from thence to the city of Philadelphia, in the Atlantic part of the U. States (via New Orleans.) The said cargo of peltries and furs be ing on its passage as aforesaid, at the mouth of said river, ;it the post of Mo bile, the officers of his most Catholic majesty the king of Spain, did at that post demand a duty of 12 per centum upon their estimated value of said car go, to be paid for the use of his majes ty, and it was then made known and properly certified to the said officers that the said peltries and furs were the property of the government of the U. State*, and was there on its passage from one part thereof to another ; not withstanding which the said officers cud, on the 13th April, 1804>, detain and stop the said cargo at the said post of Mo bile, and did'then and there refuse to permit it to proceed on its pat-sage until the said duty of 12 per centum, amount- , ing to IH3 dollars and 63 cents, was paid. Nbw the undersigned, agent to the ; U. States, having paid the aforesaid j sum of 13? dollars and 68 cents, not ad- j mining the right of his most catholic j majesty's officers to exactor imoose the J aforesaid duty in manner and form a foresaid, cannot suffer a proceeding, so unaccommodating and apparently ui> just,"to pass with tacit accpdescence, and in compliance with 1m official obliga tions, he enters this his remonstrance and solemn protest. Because the exaction of a duty upon the property of a government passing upon navigable waters (which are the common high way of nature) from one ; part of its territories to another, altho' this 'passage might intsrsect the limits j of a different government, is a violation ' of a right, which ought not to be ques tioned by nations friendly to each other. Because his most Catholic majesty 1 has manifested a disposition friendly, j ' liberal and just towards the government jot tile United States, and the chief ma gistrates of each nation have mutually cultivated peace, harmony and good will between their respective citizens and subjects. It is therefore supposed that t'nis proceeding is without his majesty's orders or his knowledge, and that it has probably emanated from the same source from which the unauthorised act of shutting the port of New Orleans against the U. States' right of deposit, in the year 1802, proceeded. That the pro ceedings aforesaid may be duly made known to his most Catholic majesty the king cf Spain, and to the President of the U. States of America, and thereby become the subject of proper investiga tion, this remonstrance and protest is made, and delivered tocol. Maximilian Maisant, commandant political and mi litary at Mobile. Don.- at Mobile this 13th April, 1801. Signed, .'(>S'- PIT CHAMBERS. Agent to the Chactaiv trading house. Copy of a letter from Joseph Chambers, United States factor, to the secretary of war, dated Chactaw trading house, Mobulxntoopa, DECEMBER 12, 1804. Sir, Enclosed herewith is a copy of a let ter from "Michael A* lava, collector of the customs at the port of Mobile t me, and my reply thereto; his lettter the vessels with the goods 1 met at for'Stoddcrt on my w;-y to Mobile. | 1 haveeanestly to solicit that you will direct me. how'to proceed, in the parti cular business to which these letters rei .ti' • also, to give instrui lions fur mv government, generally, in my inter oursQ wita the Spanish officers atMp-? bile, foryaur instructions would relieve me ft" ni much ;.nx;et , pec sioned by my fears, 'hat, by acting from my own li; reti >•>, } may commit errors, or do things th i meet your a.ppro b oion : in lindrances and obsta cles arc given by the Spanish officers at MohUe, to this House, although jus tice demands that 1 sir,old sUtie that Tdii li.'.el Acl -va the C( Hector, has boon very civil and respectful hi tiie c tioh of what he states to be the duti his office and the oners of his superior officers. There will be a considerable quantity of peltry and ivir to remit the ensuing spring, from ihis house :if a duty is to be allowed to the Spaniards upon Us passage by Mobile, I must be furnished with the me ans to meet it. 1 however flatter mys.lt that we will in a very short time have the free and unfettered ; navigation pfthe M ibile river. I have the honor to be, sir, With perfect respect U. attachment, ; Your most obedient servant, Signed, JOSEPH CHAMBERS. Geni.. Dkari;ot?n, Secretary of ti'trr. »>m Copy of a letter from Michael Ac lav a to Joseph C'iianibi : Mobile, Abv. 20, 1804; Sir, From what Mr. Smhh gave me to un derstand, 1 have expected since Sunday to have seen you here ; the wea ther now is favorable and I do not wish to detain the vessel, Mr. Smith has j bound himself to me to pay the duties on his goods at the end of the year, if go- i vernor Folch does not free them. In < the full assurance that I have to do with ] a man of honor, and t)r tyou will a.;qui- ! esce to the above conditions ; snd if not convenient for you to come down your self, you can make out an obligation (in j the manner Mr. Smith lias done) for | what goods belong to you, and send it me as soon as possible, for as a public offi cer, 1 must always have documents to shew. I am with consideration and esteem, Your most obedient servant, Signed, MICHAEL ACL AY A. Cofiy of a letter from Josefh Cham rs to Michael Aclava, collector of the customs at Mobille, date J Foiit stoudart, AW; 27, 1804. SIX, I had the honor to receive your let ter of the '20th cur. yesterday. It , should have been known that 1 did, at 1 Mobile, in April last, protest against I the right to exact duties from the lh.it ied States, for its property passing b\ i water, from one of its ports to another, I altho 1 in such passage it might int. i J the territory of another government; therefore there was no ground of as i surancc or even probable expectation ' that 1 would Consent to, or acquiese* in tiie decision of gov. Foleh, only, on this question ; further it will be recollected ;by the commandant, capt. Oscrno, col. ' Maxent and Mr. Simpson, that 1 did at that time refuse to sign a bond for du ties (but the necessity of the case oniy induced me to fay the duties then de manded) consequently, a bond could or ', ought not to be expected from me in this : instance, to authorize the passage of public goods, for the Indian trading house, and thi Indian f resents ; ,nd j more especially, when we take into view the sth art. of the Treaty of San | Lorenzo el Real, of the 27th Oct. 1795, between the United States and the king of Spain, and which the stoppage of these goods, might perhaps have tend ed to counteract. Here 1 quoted the article, vide Trea ty, art. V. The United States have suffered Spa nish subjects, for their own private ac count and interest, ta furnish the Indians within their Hunts with merchandize, without tax or hindrance. The Spanish government by its offi cers at Mobile, have levied and demand ed oppressive taxes on the property of the United States, which property or merchandize was expressly intended by American government, for the hu mane and benevolent purposes culti vating peace, friendship and good-will between the Indians within their limits, and the white people ; and atfiO to pro mote the civilization and happiness of these Indians. Under the foregoing CU'Cumst v no bond could or will be given by me, without express orders from the govern ment under which 1 have the honor to act. No great public accommodation (for it i ■■- the. it only that is interested) is received by the permission of these goods to pass, alter some <>l them had been detained one month or thereabouts, Without any notice being given lor what cause, and knowing, as 1 presume was known and well under stood, that they were the property of the United States, and ftonselauently, they miisi n permitted to pus-, as their property only, without any re lation to my individual honor or interest} No. DCCCXIII. PAID IN ADVANCE. 1 and upon the governmental r» Litv, 1 feel confident that theAnv verhmentwill cause justh towards yoll onimodad !■ n hi hi by the lorv/ardmcnt of the vessels-. I shall send a copy ofycur lett tliis to the proper officers aait, also inform them of the n man ner in which 5 duties cf your office, in your concern* with me. I am, ?:c. (Signed) JOSEPH CHAMBI Extracts cf fetters from Gen. fame* >'• Ikmsan'to lite Secretary of Pi New-Or leaks, U " Our troopsnre not yet in qu irters, but continue to occupy the redoubts which surround tiie town, under their tents, which has occasioned great dis content, and produced much sickne i nor have we bet at able to get posse lot a single store house or , for i the reception of our topis, implements, | stores, baggage and provisions. lam ; now working on a partition of the bar , to separate our trot, ps from these .tjf Spain, jtnd hope 1 shall be able to tr men under cover to-morrow : ; but 1 am redu -el to the painful 1U - vs- I sky, after waiting thus long, to hire f stores for the reception of our previ sions, hospital stores, ammunition, I arms and other articles, wh'ch expence j should, in my judgment, be charged to I the French Republic, and therefore a ! separ :nt will be k>;pt of it, 11 (titer expences which may ac crue in consequence of the v execution of the treaty." New-Orikans, March 25,1804. " It pains me still to be obliged to ' write yen from this place, but the caus ;es v. hieh have prevented my departure sttli exist. The prefect of France and the Spanish troops are still in town, and the magazines an ! store houses still in j their possession, while we are obliged ; to pay rent for our own accommodation. My patience is nearly exhausted, and X shall not be detained many days ion unless something very urn shook' occur to make it my duty. We have appearances ol t's intention soon to depart, th< are contradicted ! y other < c»s. As to the marquis de Casa CalvQ and Jthe Spanish offiders generally, they in dicate no intention whatever <i moving. Gov. Folch saHed 3 days si Pensactda, but he was not nied v troops. It is now said they will follow him in a few days: yet Isnspet.t the marquis de Casa Calvo will keep a hnVehtherq for his accommoda tion. You have under cover a list of guards which the Spaniards mounted in this ivy ye. terday. but you mjst not believe this singular spectacle is per mitted by my consent." W A return of guards mou ■' ■«»- Ortran-'i by the troo/is of •Sj.'uin, March 2-1," 1804. 1 Marquis de Casa Calvo 1 — 9 2 Oov. Saliedo - - 1 — 9 3 Je.tendant Morales - — Id 4 Auditor - — 1 3 5 Magazine - - — 16 6 Hospital - - - — 13 7 Dragoons of Mexico — 13 2 5 39 New-Orleans, April 13, IS " 1 nave the satisfaction to inform you, that about 300 Spanish t barked for Pensar.ola on the Bth inst. but I am Informed that 12 or 15 officers and between CO and IOC men will conti nue in this city. They have delivered up the barracks, l >ut occupy the hospital and several de tached buildings. The prefect made his conge to our commissioners on the 12th inst. but is still in town exercising his ; rial and commissariat function-, yet I look daily for his embarkation. The arrival of our ordnance stores from fort Adams commenced a few since; but we have, as yet, neither stores aor magazines for thi tion, these being still Occupied br the French and Spanish governments." New-Ori.ea " The prelect of France embarked on the 21st ins*'. Vesteri trrissidners of the United S< ■ of the commissioner of Spain, 1 numbered 25 Spanish officers at the audience." , Extract of a letter fon I,'eut. c>< Ere i. Wilkim NKW-( ) X LEANS, 14 / I lw On the 9a\ inst. sir. dor mag izine opposite .o (his ciU . live red to me." Extract of a letter from Gen. ll'il kirisonto the Secrets >y ■• / /.".■-'•, -tat ted Jfe<w-Orleans, January 16, I.' v We did not, until thi- eive the orders of the French and Spa commissioners, for the delivery of the posts in Upper Louisiana." Corp. scrj.