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The August 23, 1837 issue of "The Evening Star"; Vol. 4; No. 268
"Important From Florida--Prospect of Peace Again.--BY advice from Fort King to Aug. 8th received at Savannah, we learn that the celebrated Jno. Hicks, (Tuck-ee-batchee-a-hajo) reported dead, is alive, and had come into fort King. He says that he has been hunting on his way from fort Mellon, and that he left there ten days ago; expected to find the chiefs here, and that he left there ten days ago; expected to find the chiefs here, and has no doubt but that they will be here in a day or two, or he should not have some in ; thinks that Powell (Osceola) will accompany them ; that he is still at his camp near Fort Mellon. He further states that the Indians are suffering very much from sickness and hat they are destitute of provisions; that they are obliged to scatter themselves ever the country to get game; thinks that the delay is owing to Holatoochee's being so far off, near Charlotte Harbor, and his family very sick; that he warriors have strict orders not to fire a hostile gun as he cannot have provisions here, asked permission to encamp at a pond 4 miles off, and at the old agency, for the purpose of hunting, until the chiefs come in-- says that Sam Jones (Apiakee) is now inclined for peace, that one time he thought he would rather die in the woods than shake hands with a white man.
Accounts from Black Creek to the 10th confirm the pacific intentions of the Indians, and express a conviction that they will embark as soon as the season will permit. There are two regiments of mounted volunteers being mustered into service --The citizens come forward for this corps with the greatest alacrity. A letter writer speaks highly of the East Florida militia, but unfavorably of the Middle or Western portion. We do not believe in these invidious distinctions, and all such recriminations have a bad effect.
Besides John Hicks, the sub-chiefs Tskanuuckee and Chictoahcar have since some into Fort King-- men that are sent on all occasions by Co-e hajo and tohers, when they have business to transact, as we informed by Paddy Carr.
They say the cattle driven across the St. Johns were twenty in number ; that the Chiefs as soon as they knew it sent them off, with orders to drive back every Indians for 10 or 12 days. That the cattle were driven off by those Indians who had left the camp without the knowledge of the Chiefs.
Tuskanuckee proceeds as far as Micanopy to-day, the 8th, for the purpose of going out with some Creeks from that post to hunt up some Indians reported as doing mischief to that vicinity ; he says he left before the message to the Chiefs was known ; that he had no doubt but that they will be in, but the rains and distance they are from each other must have delayed them: talks as if they were going off in the fall; that Powell says he will not say a word, but will agree to whatever may be determined upon. Paddy Carr was sent to their camp on the opposite side of the Ocklawaha, accompanied by Lieut. R. reports the crossing as very intricate and difficult, and eassily defended-- and a camp of seven or eight families about three miles from the bank Eight hotiles are encamped by permission four miles S. of Ft. King, near a pond and Hicks. with two others, between this and the agency ; these are all the camps and all the Indians known to be north of the line.
""Since writing the above, a party of six Mikasuckys from Powell's camp, have arrived, they started in campany with the Chief Co-e-ha-jo, Ya-a-hajo, (the brother in law of Powell,) and Honese, Tustenajjee. they will be at the camp across the Ocklawaha, probably this evening, and come in to-morrow, or, as the streams on the trail are very high, their arrrical may be delayed 24 hours beyond this calculation. They are a deputation, and after seeing them I shall send a special express""
Black Creek, E. F. August 10th, 1837"
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