He was told that the Indians had commenced the war- that the President required that the white people should be [?] and that the only terms on which peace could be granted would be the execution of the treaty- that the United States had purchased the whole country from Spain, without any reservation having been made in favor of the Indians- that they had no right to lands except that which the United States had given them- that they had exchanged the rights which had been extended to them here for lands in the west- that in accordance with the stipulations of the treaty they had sent their chiefs to examine the country assigned to them - there
Chiefs of which he was one had expressed themselves satisfied with the country; and therefore the President expected them to emigrate. He replied that when he was west of the Mississippi he found the Indians all quarreling about their lands- a great deal of confusion prevailed and war among them was apprehended. He observed that the country was too cold for people accustomed to live in Florida. That the Seminoles would all die if taken there- he said they considered this their own country- that the Spaniards had assured them that in transferring their rights.