Wetumpka 13 May 1836
To his Excellency C.C.Clay
In consequence of information received at this place recently, that the Creek Indians, had displayed themselves in a hostile attitude near Tallassee, and their having murdered several familes, and committed other aggressions upon the lives and property of the Citizens a publick mutiny of the Citizens was called, at which amoung others the following resolutions was adopted with out dissent.
Resolved that a committee be appointed to address the Governor of this State, and place him in possession of all the authentick information in possession in relation to the recent depredation of the Creek Indians, and respectfully request of his Exellency to furnish the said committee with one hundred & fifty stand of Arms and other munitions for the defence of this place.
In pursuance of the foregoing resolution the undersigned have been appointed that Committee and in discharge of the duty thus imposed upon them they now address you.
In consequence of the reports before mentioned the Citizens of this place dispached on Tuesday night last some sixteen men to Tallassee who returned with information, that there had been no disturbance at Tallassee, but they learned from an authentick source that the habitation of an individual living in Macon County had been burned, the family having made their escape. They also learned that two persons (waggoners) one a negro & the other a white, had been killed at Catlins Store 14 miles above Tallassee and that Catlin made his escape on a pony with out saddle or bridle and has not been heard of since. Several families have arrived in this place this evening from Tallassee, who have fled from their homes to escape tomahawk & scalping nife of the Indian. The people of that place have built a block-house and are now no doubt protected. We dispatched from this place this morning sixteen mounted men & ten or eleven on foot to the scene of danger, who took with them near half of the available arms in this place.
There seems to be no doubt amoung our most intelligent citizens that we shall have a regular Indian war, as it is understood that the Chiefs themselves have acknowledge that their Young men were determined upon war, and that they should not undertake to restrain them. Hitherto we believe that the cause of the frequent murders that have been committed in the nation was owing to the differences between themselves and the land speculators, but matters have now assumed too serious an aspecet any longer to justify such a conclusion.
We urge upon your Excellency to send forthwith the number of arms we beforementioned as we are at present in a very defenceless condition. With great regard & esteem we are your execellency humble obt servant S.Galliher L.J.Bradford T.Johnson A.Crenshaw E.Burrous Wm.H.Haughton


Source: Alabama Department of Archives and History, Montgomery, Alabama. Governor C.C. Clay administrative records, SG6483 folder 11