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Supplies for the Indians

Letter from Anthony Foster to David Henley

Trader Anthony Foster asks David Henley to forward the letter he has written to the Secretary of War on the subject of his contract with the government to provide supplies for the Indians. Foster worries that, if supplies are not available, the Indians will think that the government has forsaken them. “—you may laugh and think I have an interest by being so warm towards them [Indians] though it is a fact what I have stated above relative to them--”