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with which he conducted himself in my absence, convin=
=ces me, that should we be engaged & I fale, that he is
every way calculated to command.

I have this day sent off Stiff Knee after two Indians
who belong to Buffaloe Creek, that have stolen two Horses
from the Alleghany County. He is to bring the Horses and
Indians if possible, and I am determined to give the
Indians a severe flogging, for I have tried and found
that to be a very good medicine for them.

Before you go down the River, I wish you would
give me authority, to inlist these 6 months men for
3 years, for fear I shall be {a line crossed out} left again without men.

I have to request that you will order the Contractors
to forward on, a large supply of meat for the use of this
Garrison without loss of time as we have only about
100 [W?.] on hand [&] the Corporal and the 3 Indians, with
an addition of 10 Soldiers will be a proper escort for
a drove of Cattle. And as the bad Indians are about
a less number will not do.

I would not wish you to give these Indians
any thing, as I have agreed to pay them and if you give
them ever so much I shall yet have to pay them.

God bless and prosper your plans and protect
your person through the Campaign.

I have the Honor to be Dear General
with sentiments of the highest Esteem
Your most [obedient?] & very
[Humble?] [Servant?]
J Jeffers Lieut.
1st. U.S. Regt.
Command. [?]

The [Honble?] Major General
Richard Butler

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