Tuskeege Alabama
						5th March 1836.

Sir;
On my leaving Tuskaloosa-I learned in Bibb County-that an old Indian of the McGilvery connexion, who has adopted very much the habits of the whites, said the indians intended to go to war, when the trees put out their leaves-This induced me to go up the Coosa, and come down through the nation-In consequence of indisposition, the high waters, and the inclemency of the weather I have not made so extensive a tour, as I at first intended-I have however traversed a great extent of -and conversed with persons on whom I can rely from every part of the Nation-The immediate fears of the inhabitants, seem very much quieted. There are a number of facts however of high interest to those, who understand the indian character-In the first place there is (all agree) a great commotion among themselves- The towns in the South and in the middle of the nation, are determinately Sullen, and hostile-From the Tallapoosa a number of hostile indians are mingling with those disposed to be friendly, on the Coosa in the region of Hatchet Creek- it is in this neighborhood that the connexions of the old indian live who says they intended to fight in the Spring-Some few from there and a good many from Talladega have drawn together in the Cherokee country-and altho' these give various reasons for thus assembling there-Some of them say, it is that they may be safe. The indians through the whole nation are using the old trails-which have been entirely disused for many years- They have bought a great number of Rifles at different places- particulary, at Wetumpka- they have bought a good deal of powder some of the Indian Chiefs, by the keg- They have purchased lately, a good many of a hitherto unwanted article the Mackintosh blanket- & small brass kettles & pistols, Heretofore the Indians north of the federal road did not carry arms-for, as a general remark, they do not hunt, now I scarcely see an Indian without his rifle- These are some of the signs, which to a practiced eye, show the propriety of caution- A largest collection of indians than has been assembled for 20 years will meet at Lu-che-po-ga on the 23rd inst- A display of military force in that neighborhood would in my opinion do more, to effect the object, of the Corps of observation-and to hasten the departure of the indians from the State, than the parade thereafter of 10 Regiments & months, or years, of the most strenuous exertions- I have the honor to be very Respectfully O.K. Truman


Source: Alabama Department of Archives and History, Montgomery, Alabama. Governor C.C. Clay administrative records, SG6483 folder 7