Paul Newfield III
3016 45th Street
Metairie, Louisiana 70001
Phone: (504) 835-7231
June 27, 1994
1401 Santa Cruz Dr.
Santa Fe, N.H. 87505 RE: Three Frenchmen in Taos <c.1748>
"Damon Veach column", June 26, 1994,
as seen in New Orleans Times Picayune
Some things of possible interest, taken from The Vaudreuil Papers, by Bill
Baron (New Orleans: Polyanthos Press, 1975):
In c.1747 - 1748, some French debtors/hunters seem to have deserted from
the area of the Arkansas Post...
June 24, 1750 in New Orleans, a passport is issued to Hallet and others
his group to trade in the region of the Panis and the Laitannes [=La
Doutte] Indians, and to proceed to Santa Fe to request and reclaim
debtors who left Arkansas "some years ago", and to return them as
deserters... <VP, p.282>
Oct. 2, 1750 — letter from Antoine Louis Rouille, Sieur de Jouy,
Minister of the Marine and Colonies, to Vaudreuil & Delino asking for
further information on Mallet's trip <VP, p.82>.
May 8, 1751. Vaudreuil answers letter. Says that Delino, commandant at
Arkansas issued the passport, giving Mallet permission to hunt & trade
among the Panis & the Laitannes [=La Doutte] Indians... further talk of
pursuing the debtors into Spanish lands... Mallet has not yet returned
May 25, 1752. Vaudreuil writes that the Mallet expedition has not been
heard from in two years, and that they had been seen in Havana.
Apparently, Mallet, Boyer, Geofriilon, & Roch had been captured by "the
Cannecis", and taken to Vera Cruz as spies on Spanish lands, despite the
passport issued by Vaudreuil. From Vera Cruz, they sere shipped to
Havana where they were seen, thence were to be shipped to Cadiz <VP,
[handwritten note] Dear Dorothy: For you possible interest - I suggested that Waldo
write to you about his Arkansas French. [signed] Paul 7-2-94
Waldo, I suspect that the debtors who were referenced were none other than
your Louis Febre & others. I hope this is of some help. I would like to have more
details of this interesting story. Please advise me of the details.
By the way, The original Vaudreuile Papers are held by the Huntington Museum in San
Paul Newfield III Encl: VP, p.82, 154, 262, 282.
[handwritten note] INFO---> to Dorothy J. Core