David G. Burnet to M.B. Menard, March 19, 1836
merchants of Nacogdoches will accept
your drafts in payment of goods. You will
employ such amount within 2000$
as Your judgment may deem adviseable
in presents to the Chiefs and headmen of the
General Tribes, provided You first ascertain
that the distribution of such presents would
contribute to the object of your mission.
If you could secure the Services of even
a few confidential men of the Shawnee tribe
or any other personally Known to you to act
as scouts, it would be a valuable acquisition
to our forces. But they must be men on whose
fidelity the utmost reliance may be placed.
You will receive instructions of a
strictly confidential nature from the War
Department to which I doubt not your
zealous attention will be given--
David G. Burnet to M.B. Menard, March 19, 1836. Texas Indian Papers #9, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.