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the Indian country. My orders required me to go frequently through the mines, and thus I was often the recipient of your hospitality at the Sinsinnewa Mound, and frequently in the town of Galena, where my particular associate was the venerable Captain Legate, of the United States Army, on duty as superintendent of the lead mines. Some misrepresentations having in late years been made of Mr. Davis's Western service, he wrote the following letter to his friend General G. W. Jones: Beauvoir, September 2, 1882. My Dear Friend: I have received your very gratifying letter of the 27th instant, and also numbers four and twelve of the early history of Dubuque. I have read the letter of —, contained in number four, with equal surprise and regret. I did not expect him to know that as far back as the administration of Mr. Monroe the question had been definitely settled that the action of a secretary was that of the President, and to comprehend the peculiar features of the Indian
Jefferson Davis, New Orleans, La. Honored Sir: Once when there was much sickness prevailing among the First Dragoons at Fort Gibson, and I was very sick in the hospital, the regiment was ordered, for the benefit of its health, to remove from the Cherokee Nation to the Creek Nation; but the surgeon refused to allow me to be removed with the regiment. However, you came to my aid, and had me taken to the Creek Nation, where I rapidly recovered. And I hope that your temporary removal from Beauvoir to New Orleans will result in a like benefit to your health; and that, when the long roll is sounded, you will find yourself in the camp of the Grand Commander. You have been my good friend on many occasions, and have shown that your friendship to me and others has not been measured by their rank or the size of their purse. Hoping to hear of your complete restoration to health, I am, Your old Sergeant-Major First Dragoons. The letter had no other signature, but Mr. Davis was ver