June 2nd 1836

His Excellency
			I have read yours of yesterday expressing
that you have had some Hopoetholyou and twelve of his Chiefs
and that you had several talks with them and had learnt from them
that a large number of the upper towns are anxious to emigrate-
and that many of them would immediately encamp for that purpose if
they could be supplied with provisions and you further say that 
the Indians complain that they are suffering for means of subsistence
I presume from the import of your letter that Hopoethleyohola has
not told you all he will or could have told you - it is well known to
Hopothleyohola as well as to many others that we have been at all
times ready and willing to take him and any of his people in camp
and to take them away. Some two months back Doctor Ingersoll
and myself went to Tuckebahu and Hopoethleyonola and a number
of his chiefs went out and selected a plan for a camp and we stood
ready to take them in at any time - but he then told us that he wanted
his own people to go into camp and for those who had health to hunt
them and then to remain in camp until they all got ready to which we
objected and told him that seven or eight days would be sufficient for
them to be in camp - that we supposed that they could be ready in that
time as well as in a longer time - but that 10 or 15 days we would not
object to - finding it was determine by them that they could not go until
their hole land claims were investigated and settled - since that time I
have met them several times and urged upon them to go into camp - and
no longer a time ago than the day before the started down to see you - we
have agents in various points in the upper towns - who has at all times
been urging them to go into camp and be off - and it if had not a been
for the talks and orders of Hopoethlyohola a large body of them would
have been on the way now for Arkansas - but when he learnt that they
were about making arrangements to go he sent them word to remain that
he would lead the way and that the nite follow - and for them not to go
and leave him - and thereby the are yet here and I am well aware that a
large number of them is now in a state of want - but be that as it may we
are not in fault - now your Excellency has been misinformed as to our
views & feelings it is your wish and the interest of the state that those
people should be removed - it is the interest and I believe the wish
of the great body of the Indians - it is certainly my wish to further
that object - hitherto we have been frustrated by Hopoethlyohla
storys - if you will induce him to name a day when his town will
be prepared to go - the contractors will furnish the provisions
necessary for the Indians if the length of time should no be
unreasonably long - the can as well go in three days as in a month - but
their whim shall be conculted to the extent that it would be in 15 days
from the time of their encampments - your official name & caracter have
be of much influence and I would most cheerfully cooperate with you - I
would go further I am now (and have written to my associates to obtain
their advice and comment to this corce. Ready and willing to abandon that
contract into your Excellencys hands if your Excellency would assume our
obligations - as a man and as a citizen of this state I would do all to
accomplish important publick service - you will percieve that there are but
two courses open to us - we must perform our contract or abandon it into
hands competent to perform it - I am willing to do either and all that I ask
of your Excellency is a proper and charitable constraction of the motives
that leads me to this and in either alternative - Such support that a man
who is connected with an operation of the general public interest to the
country - the removal of the Indians is entitled to from its Excellency
officers I have not which ever alternative is adopted your Excellency
will be aprised that my exertions and influence will be employed to end
this unhappy disturbance - I am advised that my character has been
assailed before your Excellency and that countanance has been given to
those assaults by white men who knows better the injustice of them have
be shown by all impartial men who have visited the nation - and I submit
the alternitives to you above stated with the distinct understanding that
none of those white men should pertisipate in the profits of a contract
which I am ready to abandon for the service of the community but not
to gratify personal malevelonce or hostility.
I have the honour to your Excellency's most obediant servant &c Jno. J Walker

Source: Alabama Department of Archives and History, Montgomery, Alabama. Governor C.C. Clay administrative records, SG6239 folder 6