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CALHOUN COUNTY MICHIGAN

CALHOUN COUNTY

They bound the Indians, hand and foot, and kept them until my return to camp; which was a little after sunset. I felt sensible of the danger of our situation, but could see no alternative but to keep them until morning. After hearing the particulars of the affray from Taylor and ¦ Baldwin, I went to the Indians, asked their names, told them I should have to take them to Detroit to have them punished. "Sig., John Mullett. "
Gen. Cass dispatched Col. Louis Beaufait, an Indian interpreter, to investi-* gate the difficulty between the surveying party and the Indians, and learned that they were instigated in their hostility to the surveys of these lands by old Baptis or Batiscon, an Indian trader, who feared that, should the surveys be permitted, and the whites settle the country, his profitable vocation would be gone. The chiefs whom Col. Beaufait interviewed, denied any - knowledge of the attack upon Mr. Mullett's camp, and assured him that it was made by some young Indians of their band, for a little pleasantry or fun, and the chiefs and Baptis promised to send out scouts to warn all Indians in that vicinity not to interfere with the surveying parties, and that they must desist from pulling up stakes and defacing marks upon the trees which promise was strictly kept; and the surveying parties were not troubled thereafter. The survey of the exterior lines was resumed in Nov., 1825, and completed in Jan., 1826. Edward Baldwin did not return with the surveying party, fearing an encounter with those Indians, to whom he was well known.

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