1798 October 11. Cato West ALS to W[inthrop] Sargent; Springfield, [Mississippi Territory?].
Responding to a proclamation by Sargent about settlers on public land. Inquires about making exceptions for "such poor families as have made improvements, & have no other place to live on." Worried that a "number of poor honest people," if displaced, will "go into the spanish Governm't, & will thereby, probably become our enemies." Agrees with Sargent's opposition to speculators.