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[M640, roll 11, frames 939-43]

Tuckabatche Creek Nation
May 12 1855

[To the Commissioner of Indian Affairs]

I wish for you to attend to assist the Seminoles in recovering their Annuity for two years and I have directed the chiefs of said tribe to have the census taken and see the number that has been deprived from their rights - And make some arrangements with the department if possible - And the whole number is one thousand and forty nine persons that has been dispossessed - And Mr. Drew promised to attend to it while in office.  And it is because these Seminoles joined us Creeks and be governed by our laws - And I think according to the treaty they are entitled to have a share of the Seminole Annuity - And they come to see me for the purpose of writing you these lines for they have been deprived of their rights as I aforesaid.  Our agent is absent is the reason why I write you this letter because you are the Superintendant of all the Agents and Indian Affairs- do the best you can for them that lays in your power - write to me soon as time will admit.

I enclose to you a letter that was wrote to the Creek Chiefs by John Jumper, chief of the Seminoles and also the Census of the Seminoles and their law makers as you will perceive by looking over the list.

Nothing more at present
But remain your friend & brother
Tuckabatchee Micco
Principal chief C D


Seminole Agency, S. N. January 30th 1855

Our friends and brothers,

We have received and read your letter to our agent concerning the Seminoles who have joined your people and complained to you. Although we have few words to say, yet we feel that it is right to send you an answer, and we, this morning, do it through the medium of our own agent.

The few Seminoles who have joined your people have so done voluntarily, and knew their own business. If a man possess a piece of property, be it small or otherwise, it is his business to take care of and attend to it. If he abandons it of his own accord it his own fault.

We do not know what you have done about these Seminoles who have joined your people, and we cannot interfere. They complain that they draw none of the Seminole Annuity, but they, left us freely and when they became Creeks they ceased to be Seminoles as members. They made some arrangement with your people about joining them and leaving us. They are therefore citizens of the Creek Nation and ought to so regard themselves.

We consider the Seminoles as a separate and distinct people, and by our laws, of whatever nature, we act and are bound. Therefore we consider that the Seminoles ought to be of one band and mind, following their own laws. If any of our people leave us, we do not drive them away from us; they go freely and it is their own affair and business.

We do not complain because these Seminoles left us; so they ought not to complain because they left us of their own accord and can not consequently attach any blame to us. If they chose to become Creeks they cannot blame us if we do not now number them as Seminoles. Yet we feel friendly to all these Seminoles who have left us, as well as to all our Creek brothers.

While these Seminoles who have left us and joined your people continue to be citizens of the Creek Nation, we cannot number them as Seminoles. But if, at any time after, to satisfy themselves, they wish to return to us, and will come under and conform to all our laws, in Council, in working, and will do as all our people by law are required to do, and become again citizens of the Seminole Country, we shall be glad to number them again with our people; but until they do so, we cannot.

This is all, friends and brothers, that we now have to say. As above remarked, if these Seminoles who have left us wish to return and will conform to all our laws as citizens of the Seminole Nation, then and only then, will we remember our promise.

We are your friends
John Jumper
Prin. Chief Seminoles

Pah suk ker Yo ho lo
Speaker Council

Messrs.
Tuckabatchee & Echo Harjo
Creek Chiefs


This is to show the number of Law Makers & People in each Town or Census of the Seminoles Admitted into the Creek Nation and have not received any annuity out of the Seminole Annuity for 2 years.

 Fus hat che TownNo of Persons
1Tus tun no che,  Chief 
2Fus hat che Tus tun nuggee 
3Che was ti ye Harjo 
4Woxe Harjo 
5Micco Mu char sah 
6Che was ti ye Micco93
   
 Thle war le Town 
1Co har Thlocco,   Chief 
2Cotcher yarholar 
3Char le Emarthlar 
4Ar chu le Harjo 
5Chue le yarholar100
   
 Thle war le Town 
1Chu Emarthlar 
2Oc ti ar che Harjo 
3Cho Fixico34
  227 Persons
   
 O che se TownNo of persons
1O che se Micco,   Chief 
2Cotcher Fixico 
3E cho Harjo 
4Ne har Thlocco Harjo 
5Us sin Harjo71
   
 Torto  Hue thle Town 
1Con char te Micco,   Chief 
2E mar thlar 
3Fus Harjo Chopco 
4Sarn o chee88
   
 Cho ko nek thlar Town 
1Charles Walker,   Chief 
2In sar par 
3Nulth cup Harjo 
4Co e Emar thlar 
5Tal loaf Harjo100
   
 Ar tus se Town 
1Itch his yarholar 
2Wox e yarholar 
3Chis se Harjo29
  425 Persons
   
 Con hat ke TownNo of Persons 
1Sun tul Harjo,  Chief 
2Pow hose Hopiye 
3No co se44
   
 Co lum me Town 
1Fus hat che Micco,   Chief 
2Tus tun nuc Chopco 
3Fus Harjo 
4Ok chun Harjo54
   
 Talla see Town 
1Fus yarholar,   Chief  
2Lah tah Fixico  
3No cose Emarthlar 
4Ki o mar me 
5Tal a de Emarthlar117
   
 Yar wo le Town 
1Thla thlo Harjo,  Chief 
2Cho ful war 
3Se lit ti ge 
4Chu yar ho lar 
5Yar har har cho che83
   
 Tallasee Town 
 No cos ille,  Chief22
  320 Persons
   
 Ar tus see TownNo of persons
1Con tul Harjo,  Chief 
2Thla thlo Emarthlar 
3E mar thlo che54
   
 He che te Town 
1Ho tul ga Tus tun nug gee,  Chief    
2Nock fie ye 
3Mis si ke 
   
 Che yar har Town 
1Cotcher Fixico,  Chief 
2Thla thlo Harjo 
3Co nip yarholar117
  246
  320
  425
  991 Persons
 Chiefs and law makers58
 Making the whole number1049