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Fort William July 8, 1834
Mr A W Sublette
You will leave here to day in charge of a party of seven men assisted by Thomas Glenday and proceed as fast as you possibly can to the crossing and there cross over to the east side the Yellow Stone and thence in the usual route to Fort Cass at the juncture of the Big Horn and Yellow Stone rivers. You have a letter of introduction there to [name left blank in letter] who is instructed to receive the goods in cache. You will take Julian and Bill to show you where the cache is as both of them were there at the time the goods were cached - when you rain the cache you will bring it to Tullochs Fort (Fort Cass) and there deliver all to Mr. McKenzie's agent above mentioned taking a particular account of everything and such articles as are damaged you will note down particularly the damage, and you will note the description of every article and when you have the matter finished you will get an acknowledgement to that effect stating that they have received that amount from us. The Chief's coat and gun which you take along to give Two-Face if you should not find him there you will turn in to the Company also.
At the crow fort you will learn where the Indians are and if you find that any lodges are on Rose Bud, Tongue River, or Powder River you must try to avoid them and either keep low down to strike at the forks of Powder River or high up to avoid them. In either case you will do as may be most likely to avoid the Indians, and in case that you find them unavoidably by going into their village and to the Lodge of a principal chief you will be safer than to Camp by yourselves. You will not allow any war party to enter [End page 1]
your Camp no matter of what nation for you are much more secure by avoiding than meeting them. You will proceed up to near the head of Powder River say to the Rockey fork and after passing the Rocks about 10 miles you will leave the creek and cross over the ridge to the S.E. and from thence strike across to the River Platte at the Red Buttes - Your course I think will be about south east but of this I am not positive. You will however see a mountain on the north side the Platte and you will leave that to your left and fall upon a creek that empties into the Platte at the Red Buttes running about east. I think it will take you nearly two days to strike the Platte from Powder River although not more than 40 miles.
When you go to the Red Buttes you will write your name on the Trees and the date besides leaving a letter hanging up for Mr. Sublette in case he has not passed down. You will then proceed down as far as Laramie's fork and I will here give you a copy of what Mr. Sublette writes about his directions when he gets there.
"Mr. Robert Campbell I will cache a letter in a Horn at the mouth of Laramie's Fork as I go up below the mouth near Laramie's Fork where I will blaize a cotton wood or peel it. I will put the Letter under ground on the North Side and cut a notch on the tree above. I will do the same on my return giving all the information etc." copy W L Sublette
When you get to Laramie's Fork you will obey the instructions of Mr. Sublette's letter as to your future course.
I send by you the accounts of all the men and in case any of the free men offer to leave you who are indebted to us you will take a Horse or Horses of them to the amounts of which they owe - [End page 2]
Should Glenday act any thing out of the way which from his present actions I have reason to doubt act as you think best for the interest of the company.
for Sublette & Campbell. [End page 3]