OSL SAMUEL McCORD TO MEIGS
Chillicothe Novmr 8th 1812.
I had the pleasure of receiving your Order for removing the Indians to Sandusky by i. Young and some of the Indians (Senecas and Delawares) made some objection. however left the matter to the Crain to decide on which he called a councill of the Cheifs, and in presence of Capt Drake Mr Young and myself he said his determination was ever and still was to obey Your Excellencys Instruction, that the Misunderstanding was occasioned on account of a disbelief was entertained by many of the different nations, that it was not Your Excellencyes Orders. that then he was satisfied and determined to move his nation and accordingly that evening past Started and was Provided with provision for their Jorneys and it was understood the rest was to Start the next day -- the same evening the deleawares and Senaecas found new Matter of objection & the Crain was deputed to wait on Capt Drake Mr Young & Myself and informed us that Genl Tupper had said in Presence of some Indian that it was Improper for the Indians to go home they would Certainly be killed by the Enemy, and requested Liberty to re- call those that had started untill a fiew of the Chiefs waited on You -- In answer to Which Proposal We told the Crain our Instruction was to provide suitable accomadations for their removel and provision was ready that if any was not willing to obey your Orders we would withhold Provision from those Who was rendered unable to go through Sickness or Loss of horses but to show the Crain that their information was incorrect Respecting Genl Tupper one of us would accompany him and some more of the Indians to camp at Soll- omons town and Genl Tupper Would inform them that it was your wish and instruction that they should return to Sandusky they was much Pleased and concluded to start the next morning With Capt Drake to camp and the crain left orders With the indians that they should proceed on as far as ruch Creek Where he would meet them the day after he seen Genl Tupper. we per- mited them to be their own Judge what quantity of pork Corn and beef to take and when I was about to take a fiew of our Troops to guard and assist them I was waited on by Leut Reads Who was the barer of an order for Arrest and demanded my Sword which I gave him and I then Communicated the Circum- stance to Mr Young & Capt Drake and I procured a fiew Men to go three of Which was from the River Urin on a scout After calling on Genl Tupper for the Necessary information they agreed to go in Company with the Indians and the other men after makeing the necessary prepariations for their de- parture and they apparently reconsited It became My duty to attend at Urbana for the purpose of Receiving the Returns of Electors for President & Vice President and in two day they all left the camp at Zanzes Princip- ally for Sandusky Except Some of the Mingoes Who went to the camp at Mc- Phersons, and Colo McPherson whome Supplied the Indians Was some what at a loss to know What to do he states that there is nearly 551 Indians at his camp -- [illeg.] I expected to have the pleasure of seeing you to know what Meathod was to be pursued with them or in What Manner they are to be disposed of and untill that time they will be Furnished as usual. I left Urbana on Last Thursday evening none of the men had returned from Sandusky then an no news Worth relating
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