9.26.2014

Letter to Andrew Jackson from Wigton King

Chickasaw Agency,
Sept. 26th. 1814

Dear General,

              I take the Liberty of addressing you at this eventfull crisis, to give you my opinion of my Chickasaw Neighbors &c. Since the Departure of capt. Dinkins they have concluded to call a council of the head men & Warriors, which is to be this day, for the Purpose of turning out volunteers to Join your Army. I am Doubtfull of the result being favorable at this time. I have for some time past Doubted the Zeal of some of the leading Characters in this Nation, and every day seems to confirm that opinion. You may rely sir, they should be roused from their stupor, and be Compell'd to take a firm & Decided stand, to be either for us or against us. It is my sincere opinion, they are laying back awaiting the result of your Army & the British, and then will take part, with whom they think most likely to be victors--This sir is not the Idle opinion of a day, but has been my opinion for a length of time. George Colbert the great Nero, of this nation, appears to be quite luke warm, and from a conversation I had with him a few days ago, thinks when he was last out against the Creeks, that he was not treated with that attention, he considered himself entitled to, by the officers of the 3d. Infantry &c. Since the death of Genl. Robertson, I have taken the Liberty of writing the Secretary at war, & has given him my opinion freely on this Subject. Dear Sir you may be well assured there are some white men, who have been old residents in this Country, who are Tories in their hearts, and are Positively dangerous men at this time, in this Country, as some of them are men, in whom George Colbert & others of the Principal Chiefs, places the most firm Confidence in any talk they receive from them, but I shall keep a hawks Eye on them all, untill the will of the government is known, in the appointment of an Agent, for which office I am an applicant, & have some hopes, from my recommendations, last spring (to get the Choctaw Agency,) but what I may stand a chance for this. Dear General Permit me to solicit a letter from you, to the secry. at war on this subject. Should I be so fortunate as to get your interest, I should then cease to doubt of Success. I am conscious there is no man, it wil give more real satisfaction to, than yourself, in being serviceable to an Unfortunate man, Particularly when you reflect that your timely Interference has been the means of making a support for myself & small family. Should I be successfull in geting this agency, you may rely sir that the Duties of an Agent, shall be Performed, in the best manner I am capable of, for the Benefit of my Government, the tranquillity of the Indians, my own credit and that of my friends who recommends me. In the Interim should you have any Business to transact or any talk to Deliver to these Chiefs, if you will Confide it to me, it shall be performed with zeal & Alacrity. With due Respect, your Excellencys obedt. Servant, & Brother,

                                                                                                           Wigton King

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