Indian Home Guard
Letter from John Chupco, Principle
Washington, D. C.,
February 29, 1868.
SIR: I have the honor
herewith to transmit a letter from John Chupco, chief of the
Seminoles, asking information in relation to pensions and bounty
money due them and not paid. Inasmuch as many persons in the
Creeks and Seminoles served in the Union Army in the same
regiment, it would be difficult to determine by the rolls and
names, which belonged to the Creeks or Seminoles. I respectfully
ask such information may be furnished me as will lead to a
speedy examination and payment of the amounts justly due the
Creeks and Seminoles for pensions and bounty.
Very respectfully, your
GEO. A. REYNOLDS
United States Indian Agent
Hon. W. G. Taylor,
Commissioner Indian Affairs, Washington, D. C.
Seminole Agency, February
DEAR SIR: I take this
opportunity to write you a few lines to inform you that all are
well, except Major Armstrong, who was here when you left. He
died on the 12th. We long to hear from you and to hear how you
are getting along with your business, We have not forgotten your
promise about writing, but fear that you have, as no word has
reached us since you left. We would like you to look after our
pension interests, as we are informed that the greater portion
of our pension money still remains in Washington unclaimed, and
if it be not claimed by the 1st of July it will be paid into our
national funds, which we think would be great injustice to the
individuals deserving it. We ask you also to look after our
bounty money. Great inquiry is being made about it by the
people, and we are unable to tell them anything; and if you can
get any reliable information about it, please to inform us.
The surveyors are now
here, or came to see us, and are now running the south line of
the Creek Nation preparatory to dividing that country, after
which they will survey the Seminole Nation. From what
information they could give we think we are all right in our
selection, as they think the east line will run even farther
than we had anticipated. We understood them to say that from the
Eastern Creek line to Jo Ellisís place was ninety-five miles.
They say that our east line will be half way between the mouth
of Little River and Ellisís.
Our respects, &c. We all
get along friendly.
Major REYNOLDS, Washington, D. C.