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Letter on folded paper from ALS T. S. Jesup detailing the capture of Osceola and other chiefs. The letter was written from "Head Quarters, Army of the fourth, St. Augustine, October 21, 1837."
As clearly as can be deciphered, the letter reads:
"I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your two letters of the fourth instant: and I have the satisfaction to inform you that Apeeryahola (Powel) is my prisoner, with me … all the war spirits of the nation.
That Chief came into the vicinity of Fort Peyton on the 20th and sent a messenger to the General Hermandez desiring to see and converse with him. Theo sickly season being over and their being no further necessity to temporize, I sent a party of mounted men and seized the entire body, and now have them securely loaded in the fort.
I have Emathla (Philip) Goe Ybejo, Micco-potoke, and Euchee Billy all principal Chiefs - Caochee (wild cat) Afseen-Yahola, (Powell), Chitto Yahola, Fustenakkee, and several other important personages, subChiefs with more than eighty first rate warriors: and I have guides who can lead the Army into every fastnep (?) in the country.
I have the honor to be,
The address on the outside of the letter:
The Hon. J. R. Ponsett
Secretary of War
The postmark on the letter is stamped in red ink and reads: Charleston, SC Oct 27.