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[M234, roll 291, frame 328]

Qr Masters Office New Orleans
14 April 1841

Sir,

Your communication of the 31st March, has reached me, and I am always perpared to perform any duties for the advantage of the Dept. of War. 

About twelve days since, Maj. Belknap, Mr. Capers Emigrating Agent & other officers arrived here with 215 Indians, for Arkansas.  I immediately procurred a Boat for them and they are at Fort Gibson by this time.

I also succeeded in obtaining about $40,000 in silver for Mr. Capers, in exchange for Treas. notes which he could use in payment to the Indians.  He has returned to Tampa Bay to pay off the Indians now there said to 350.

I shall expect them here in two weeks and shall be prepared to dispatch them up the river

I am Sir with high
respect your obt svt
J. Clarke
Maj. Emgr Agent

T. Hartley Crawford Esq
Comm. Ind. Affairs
Washington City D.C.