Jesup Diary

Jesup Diary

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evening with General Jesup. Micanopy asked for Coopers family, and Aligator for a relation of Cloud and himself. Genl J. informed them that until the treaty concerned be in the course of execution the prisoners could not be surrendered. Read and explained the [?] treaty to Micanopy.
March 19th. Micanopy came early this morning to converse with Genl J. He said that he was ready to remain as a hostage but that if he were to remain his people, and particularly those whose chiefs had not been here, would believe that he had been improperly detained, and he feared that it might prevent them from executing the treaty.

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He expressed his acquiescence in the decision of Genl J. in regard to the prisoners. On inquiring of the Interpreters Genl J. ascertained that a mistake had been made by them in communicating with Jumper and Aligator in regard to Coopers family. They misunderstood him and stated to Jumper that when Micanopy should sign a treaty acknowledging the former treaty, and consenting to emigrate, the family would be given up to him, but that they would be given to no one else. In consequence of this misunderstanding, Genl J. considered it the best policy to commit the widow and child of Cooper to Micanopy.