THOMAS FITZPATRICK (c1799-1854) was well-known as a trapper and guide in the year he wrote the following letter. The incident he describes occurred on the Santa Fe trail, probably in present Pawnee county, as Fitzpatrick was returning to St. Louis after two years spent in leading emigrant parties to Oregon.
The letter, and related papers, are to be found in the superintendency of Indian affairs "Records," v. 8, pp. 109-111, in the Society's manuscripts division.
St Louis November 28, 1842
Y Ob St.
[Signed] J Thos. Fitzpatrick
D.D. Mitchell, Esq.
|One double barrel & twist gun||$50.00||Five cotton & Gingham sheets
at $1.50 each
|One spy glass||$25.00||Powder lead & percussion caps||$8.00|
|One Super broad cloth dress coat||$34.00||Shot pouch, belt &c||$3.00|
|One french Merino frock coat||$18.00||One Spanish riding saddle||$10.00|
|Two vests $4.50 & $7.00||$11.00||One Razor case with four blades
fitting into one handle
|Two pr pantaloons at
|$10.00||Blankets, bear skin &cc
|Three linen shirts at $3.50 ea||$10.50||______|
Fitzpatrick's affidavit, which has not been published here, adds only two items of information, that his companion was named "Vandusen," and that the Pawnees numbered "about twenty." When the Indians met their agent at Council Bluffs on June 2, 1843, they admitted taking all the items except the shot pouch and belt. The matter was finally settled by reimbursing Fitzpatrick the Pawnee annuities.