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[M234, roll 238, frame 676]


Pass Christian
22nd Sept 1837

Sir,

I have availed myself of the first opportunity to obtain the necessary information in regard to the number of Indians to be transported on each Steam Boat up the Mississippi River in the present low stage of its water. I herewith enclose you a communication form several owners & captains of Steam Boats which I believe contains the most correct information in my power to obtain, it is founded on several years experience in the navigation of the Mississippi. I have also consulted Drs Hults and Wiedemann on the subject, the former of these Dr. H. has had some experience in the transportation of Indians, and says, that he has never known more than four to five hundred Indians transported on Steam Boats of seven superficial square feet to every Indian embracing men, women, & children. In regard to my own opinion on this subject I can say but little, however I cannot differ with those gentlemen whose communication I have enclosed, nor with Dr. Hults they having had much experience in the transportation of Indians & Steam Boat navigation generally. It is absolutely necessary to protect the health of the Indians that they should not be crowded on Boats, each one should have ample space, and by all means the different apartments should be kept clean & well ventilated.

Very Respectfully
Your Obt. Svt.
I. M. Woodfin
Directg Physn
Creek Emigration

Lt. L. G. Reynolds
Disbg. Agent
& Actg Superintendant
Creek Emigration