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Accession Number 1999.8.18
Catalog Number 1999.8.18
Object Name Letter
Date 1834/07/08
Scope & Content [Front Cover]
William L Sublette Esq
River Platte

July 8th, 1834
When I was coming up the river on the boat Capt. Bennett told me he believed young Sarper was going to start out to the river Platt to trade there as it was connected with his brother in St. Louis but I believe it was all from conjecture however Sarper came up to Fort Pierre in the steam boat and returned from there cursing the company and swearing he would never hire to them which Bennett thought was all sham. I have never seen this young Sarper consequently cannot say which opinion to form. McKenzie pretended to not know the division of the country until after he and I met and expressed great displeasure at the manner the Country was divided - he seemed to say we had the most valuable section of the Country at present - indeed often in the winter he spoke of the Platte and Arkansas as the most profitable parts in the Indian Country if the navigation would allow transportation of robes and says he had made application to the company to go there last year to establish on the Arkansas which they consented to but that our coming into the country prevented him. I have held out the idea here that we were going to establish at some point on the Platte in order to keep up our name amongst the men and there is not a man but regretted leaving our employ - of course in settling I have taken receipts in full for everything of all the men and I shall send a copy of all Books and papers of value by the steam boat to guard against accident.

If I can find any person when I go to the little Missouri that I think capable I will send a man out to apprise the Indians of your being on the Platte, and if I possibly can I will get someone who speaks Cree - I long very much to meet you and I hope whatever business we next embark in it will be for the best and as I said before your views on the subject will govern our movements hereafter - I am ready for whatever you advise -

[Pg. Break] I have held out the idea amongst tho' I wished to impress with a desire to remain in the country the idea that we might go out again even this fall or at least early in that spring but even that referred to you.

Mr. Almond returned from hunting the Indians but did not find their lodges.

I shall leave letters for you at Independence and Lexington as I pass down to give you any news that may in the encore while be picked up.

Just at the moment of starting Glenday came into my room and asked me what I intended doing about a debt so two face about a mule. I told him I was sending a sheeps coat and Furs which Vasques promised him - that in the case they did not meet the Indians to burn them in at Jullocks Fort - he said that he wished an understanding with me that in case in future time that he should meet the owner on his own account that we should bond ourselves to pay him the price of a horse say fifty dollars for a sheeps coat and gun no matter if we should pay the Indian the same season without his knowledge we were better able to pay than him and consequently should still be bound. I told him no. I would not do any such thing for we were much more likely to match the Indians than him - that I was now sending the means of pay if they found the Indians and if not that we were responsible and not him. He then asked if I would allow him to go down with me in the Boat - I told him yes and after a little he came to ask my permission to go to the other fort. I told him he was his own master - he said he was hired to us and I asked him if he wished to go out he

[Pg. Break] told me yes he would go where I ordered him and then we parted. Andrew wished him to go or I should have taken him down.

I believe Glenday wished to go down and finding no mode of quarreling he wished to make a matter of 2, 3, or 4 years hence quarrel. I refer you to Andrew for the whole account and would caution you against hiring him as to before he was ________[page torn] with your treatment and now must be with mine for not giving him those fifty dollars.

I ought to mention he wished me to know he could not pay for a chiefs coat and gun on the terms we were selling them but must have fifty dollars - I believe he was a little intoxicated - To believe Glenday you will suppose Vasques was nothing at the crows although poor Vasques unexperienced and all done better than him as I hired every body but Glenday. Damn the fellow I regret taking up so much time writing you of him.

Keep Well
Robert Campbell

Mr. Almond sends his best respects to you and says he will never forget the journey he made with you up the Missouri even after his return to Virginia and the girl of his heart -------------
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