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two leagues frontage and two in depth, whilst we understood it to be
four leagues on every side, that is, four leagues frontage by four in
depth which would make sixteen in circuit.
To avoid discussions it would be advisable to make our
statements on the subject that this may be settled.
I send you the contract of acquisition of this concession, also
the receipt under the bills of exchange which I drew on you, at sight,
at 50/m at 50 days.
As the Sieur Hubert had supplies and some utensils which we
needed I could not forego buying them, all of which amounted to
12095#, which sum I have also drawn on you, at sight, at 50 days.
I send by the balinder a small "andouille" of tobacco to be
grated, one of leaves to smoke, and a sample of silk, the whole of
I have the honor to remain,
Not signed "G. S."
P. S.—If, at this moment, I had 500 negroes I would hope to
remit 30/m# in three years.
>LAHQ [Louisiana Historical Quarterly]
Vol 2, no. 2
Letter from Father Poisson, Jesuit missionary in Arkansas,
then a part of Louisiana, to the Jesuit Father Patouillet, giving
details of Indian customs and of John Law's concession:
Reverend Father:—Accept the compliments of a poor missionary
who has always esteemed you, and who, allow me to say it, has loved
you as much as your best friend. The distance which Providence
has placed between us will never, weaken my friendship, nor the
gratitude I feel for the friendliness you always showed me when we
lived together. The favor I ask of you is to think of me a little, to
pray for me, and, from time to time, to tell me of your dear self.
I am not yet sufficiently familiar with the country and with
the manners of the Indians to give you any news. I shali only say
that the Mississippi presents nothing rare nor beautiful to the traveler
besides itself. Nothing strips it of its beauty but the never ending
forest, which covers both of its shores, and the awful solitude one
endures during the entire voyage.
Having nothing curious to write about this country, permit me
to entertain you by relating what has happened since Providence
placed me at this post. Two days after my arrival the village of
Santhouis deputed two Indians to ask if I would feel any satisfaction
from their coming to sing the calumet to me; they were in
ceremonious apparel, well spotted, (that is having their whole body painted
in different colors), wearing wild cats' tails at the place where