Instructions to Col. WATERS
On your arrival in the Cherokee nation you will please to notify your appointment (as Depy. Superintendant of Indian Affairs) to the Commissaries, by order of Lieut. General LESLIE, Commander in Chief in the Southern District.
It's my particular wish that you conduct or send out from time to time as many Indians as you can possibly collect to harrass and annoy the rebels.
The Commissaries should likewise head respectable parties, and all the white men belonging to the nation should take their tour of Duty.
Such refugees as fly to you from the different Provinces must be employed, to be as essentially useful as possible.
You will please to inform me by every Opportunity of occurrences in your district, and signify to me the different wants of the Indians, that I may be enabled to judge what supplies of presents are necessary.
I hope no exertion in your part will be wanting, by the Indians & refugees to promote the Service.
[Colonel Thomas WATERS]
Great Britain, Public Record Office, Audit Office, Class 13, Volume 10, folios 79-80.
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