On Oct. 20, W. H. Settle, Louisville, wrote to Mellen. "Your valued favor of 16th inst came duly to hand. I had an interview with Genl Grant yesterday in regard to opening trade at Osceola Ark. He informed me the matter was alto- gether with the Treasury Department—That if it choose to open trade at that point he had no objection—I told him what you had said about its being under his jurisdiction—He said if you required the sanction of the Military authority, I might apply to Genl Hurlburt. Genl Grant, also in the same interview, informed me that there would be two trade stores allowed at Natchez. He could not tell whether they had been authorized yet by you, but stated, the application for that purpose would also have to be made to the Treasury Department, as he did not wish to interfere at all. The Genl states that he exercises the same control in his old Department that he always has—Now if there is a vacancy at Natchez nothing could please me better than to get it I have spent an entire year trying to get a trading privilege below, and have obtained several, without ever being per- mitted to ship a dollars worth of goods, as some New Order would come out just about the time I would get to market to make my purchases. I most respectfully submit my claims for a place at Natchez and in case that point is filled, then I must stand for Osceola. If anything further is necessary for me to do, in ex- pediting, matters, please be so good as to point it out. Hoping to hear from you at any early day ... Vicksburg would likewise be a most acceptable point" ALS, ibid., RG 366, Correspondence of the General Agent.
On Nov. 28, M. M. Yeakle, Memphis, wrote to Mellen applying for a permit to open a store at Little Rock, Ark. "... having received from Maj. Genl. F. Steele, Commdg. U. S. Forces in Arkansas, his reccommendation (on file in Of- fice of Geo. N. Carleton Esq. ) of myself for such appointment, he having reccom- mended me to your Department on the reccommendation of Maj. Gen. U. S. Grant, and Maj. Genl. S. A. Hurlbut...." ALS, ibid.
On Dec. 22, USG, Nashville, telegraphed to Maj. Gen. George H. Thomas, Chattanooga. "Post and other commanders are giving trade permits so says the Treasury Agent for carrying goods to points in this state where trade has not been established There is also a Capt Mills who seems to exercise the functions of inspector to pass such goods as he thinks proper & in violation of law." Copies, ibid., RG 393, Dept. of the Cumberland, Telegrams Received; ibid., Military Div. of the Miss., Letters Sent; DLC-USG, V, 34, 35.
Vicksburg Miss Sept 28th  1863
MAJ GENL. W. T SHERMAN
I am told that there is a small camp of rebel cavalry near Burton, 1 committing depredations. Have you got three or four hundred fresh cavalry to send in there, rapidly to try and pick them up. I think they should start in the afternoon, and travel at night so as