Thanks to Jim Mashburn for the following letter
Letter to the Secretary of War from the Wetoomkee Creeks -- 1827
Hon. Jas. Barber Wetoomken
Secretary of War Creek Natlon
5 th . June
Friend and Brother,
We have been collected by our agent for the purpose of getting our annuity money as he told us. After the
Broken days were given out, the agent informed us that the council house was removed from Broken Arrow to Wetoomken where we meet. The agent then asked us for land and after first consultation among the assembled chiefs heard new grievances, it was decided by them that they had no more land to free.
You sent out a man Col. Tutt to know something about our laws in relation to the property of McIntosh and his followers, which was confiscated by our Nation. We explained the law as it was, which authorised us to take the property in the way we did. Now we are told by Col. Crowell that we have a large amount to pay to that party. We never expected this and as we always said.. every Nation has a right to administer their 1aws In their own way without being accounted for their execution.
When we complained to the agent in this respect, he told us that Ridge and Lamm were the cause of it and occasioned us to pay it. We disputed it and then he said, the man you sent here, Col. Tutt, was wrong. We have no doubt but that you have seen something that has a forked tongue. It seems like our agent has a forked tongue which disqualifies him from representing your talks by our officers correctly.
You very well know that two strange chickens if put together will fight. We believe that our agent has occassioned all the troubles we have experienced for sometime past. We wish to be friendly among ourselves and with the United States. We recollect the treaty of Washington and we are willing' to abide by it. Our Father, the President of the United States, you are at the head of the general government We have concluded a treaty with you at Washington, which you say is binding on yourself, it is equally so with us. We hope that it will be respected on both sides.
We are a just Nation and hope that we wiI1 all be permitted to raise our children on the soil of our ancestors.
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We thought that you very well knew the penalty was death by our laws, if any man
with out the consent of the nation would sell any portion of our lands. If any man asks us for land, we would like to know where he was born and whether he was a just man and worthy of our interest.
You know very well that you promised to pay us for our lands and all our annuities in unexaptionable money. when at Washington we objected to Georgia money or any of the State banks. It was not as good as the money of the Bank of the United States. We wish the agent would in the future be lnstructed to pay the money owed to us in full council and let the chiefs apply it to the Nation.
The agent has brothers Who have stores and we believe he is interested in them. We cannot consider our money safe in his hands and we particullary deny his authority to acknowledge claims against our nation because he can very easily acknowledge bad ones and operate on our money.
We are sorry (if you have) that you have instructed the agent to pay the quarter part of our money for this year to tho McIntosh party. We look to you for Justice We wish you to review it and consider it over again. The agent has determined to pay it to the McIntosh party.
We have at this time declined receiving our annuity until we hear more from you.
In our former letter we wished you to give UB a new agent. A Lt. Clinton told us we would have a new agent if we wished it. But we told him we were then in trouble with surveyors when we wanted one, we would write for one. We refer you to our former letter we want a good agent.
This agent gets drunk and quarrels with us in full council where peace ought to dwell. One of our four chiefs misunderstood him, ho turned to him and gave him the lie in a turbulent manner.
We now want a new agent and hope you will be more fortunate in the next choice. The letter we wrote by Lt. Clinton was written by a white man friendly to Col. Crowell. I was interpreted by the interpreter. We have discovered that they did not give a right consideration to our words and made us to say we were satisfied with our agent and that we had been too hasty in our first application for his removal.
We did not say so but on account of our present troubles we did not think it safe to put him out and that we would let you know when we wanted him removed. We want an agent who personally knows the President or the Secretary of War from any of the States south of Virginia.
We are your friends and brothers-
Little Prince, his X mark
Iuskeneha, his X mark
Opothle Yoholo in behalf of the two principal Chiefs of the Uppers, viz: Nehah
thee Hopie & Coosa Tustenuggee & for himself, his X mark
Tuskeneha of Cuseta, his X mark
Micco Piker, his X mark
Etta nes haJo, his X mark
Lelveta, his X mark
Tuacolumcoschee, his X mark
Fushatche fixico, His X mark
Letage, His X mark
Tustenuggee Ematla, His X mark
Tuckaubatchee Micci, his X mark
Tuskee Kcee Tustenuggee, his X mark
Efi Ematla, his X mark
Tuckaubatchee hajo, his X mark
Oakfuske Yoholo, his X mark
Cuseta Tustenuggee, his X mark
Coweta Tustunuggee, his X mark
Hollatuh Tustenuggee, his X mark
Ak tuh ya char Ematla, his X mark
Tatyah Barnett, his X mark
Charles Brown, his X mark
Col. John Stidham, his X mark
Ene EmAtla, his X mark
Sire Gray, his X mark
Charley Hajo, his X mark
Che yah hah Tuskenehah, his X mark
Cheyarha Micco, his X mark
Hillubbee Tustenuggee, his X mark
Opothle Yoholo, his X mark
Tustenuggee Chubee of Talsee, his X mark
Tulwuh Micco, his X mark
Wona Hajo, his X mark
Tulwa Tustenuggee, His X mark
Hopee Hajo Tustenuggee, his X mark
Wekas hajo, his X mark
Efi Ematla Tustenuggee, his X mark
Tuske Yoholo tuh, his X mark