Letter from Thomas Langford Butler to Silas Dinsmoor

H Q 7 M D N Orleans Jany 30

     The Majr Genl. commanding has recd your communication of the [27] Inst. and takes a pleasure in acknowledging his obligations to you for the zeal and activity with which you have on this an many other occasions enlisted yourself to collect and bring to the service of the U S the Choctaws. he feels the utmost confidence that these exertions will be continued to repel the attempts which the enemy may make to sew disaffection amongst the Indians, and that they will feel a common interest with him in driving from our shores an enemy who would only use them so long as they might be serviceaable, and ultimately abandon them to the mercy of the goverment which has always had too much cause to punish with rigour the inocent savage who has been swaid to the commission of murder of his friends & thus made the instrument of his own destruction by false professions of friendship on the part of his and our common enemies. Provisions have been forwarded to chefonta, subject to the order of colo Nixon, and the Genl. intends to have arms forwarded to you very soon. I have the honour to be respectfully yr. obedt Servt

By command
T L B aid de camp

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