Jesup Diary

Jesup Diary

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to the United they had sold the country only so far as the white man had cultivated with the plough and the hoe- that the whole country beyond that line of cultivation belonged to the Indians. He further remarked that he was only one of a number of chiefs- that he had a superior- that any promise made by him without the order of that superior, and the decision of the other chiefs of the nation would be worthless. He was then asked who the Spaniards were who had informed him that the country not cultivated had been issued for the Indians - he replied

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that Governor Coppinger had given them that assurance - he was told that the Spanish Officer had deceived them- that the American Government had paid five millions of dollars for the whole country and that Spain had made no reservation in favor of the Indians- that as the Indians had commenced the war we would continue it until they should leave the country. He then professed that time should be given them to consult together, and that a place be appointed to meet them- he mentioned Fort Armstrong &