The following letter was written by William at a difficult time in his life.
Sandy Lake Jan'y 4th 1837
Lyman Warren Esq.
These few lines will acquaint you of the melancholy circumstance that took place in the 6th December last. My son Alfred was treacherously murdered at Red Ceder Lake by an Indian. Two hundred pillagers have kept two months preparing for war with ammunition given against my orders(?). All these things have taken place by you hurrying me away last fall when I could have gone down this winter and settled my business to the same purpose. There is an Indian Agent appointed for Fort Ramsay and is on his way to that place presently. There is one also to be appointed for Crowing River next summer.
General Dodge granted me a license without hesitation and told me Mr. Schoolcraft had no authority to grant any licenses for this section of the country after the second of July. I laid all the paper from Mr. Schoolcraft before General Dodge but he did not appear to put much weight on them. See the Indian in the Department are starving and you will simply(?) reap the benefit of their carring on of last summer.
Goverment will for certain take cognisance of William Davenport giving ammunition to the Indians for war, he will not escape them with impunity.
(signed) William A. Aitkin
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