Jesup Diary

Jesup Diary

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Genl J. that he was about to have a dance at his camp. The dances of the Indians appears to be one of their religious ceremonies- the fast the whole of the day preceding, and take medicine- the ceremony seems to be of very ancient origin it is altogether what they call a purification. Thlothlo Harjo came in to day from Fort Dade.
May 3. This day twenty-nine years ago Genl J. was appointed by Mr. Jefferson a 2nd Lt. In the 7th regt. of Infantry in the Army of the United States. Louis, a negro taken by the Indians at Dades battle came in this morning- he informed General J. that Powell had been on his way to join Micanopy with four of five hundred men women & children, but that he had

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heard a report of the intention of Genl J. to execute him and that he had changed the direction of his march and had gone south. The emigration of the Indians will be tedious and difficult if not impracticable. The policy of moving them from the country is doubtful- there is no population pressing upon them, and until that be the case, whatsoever arrangements may be made with the chiefs, the great body of the Indians cannot be made sensible of the necessity or justice of removing them from a country so well adapted to their condition.
4th. [?] came to see Gel J, To day- he says Micanopy’s slaves will all be in- and will accompany him to the west.