Ethan A. Grant


The story of British and Spanish Natchez, and the early territorial days of Mississippi cannot be complete without reference to Anthony Hutchins. This temperamental and volatile character was involved in much of the history of the region from his arrival in 1772 until his death in 1802. Barely five feet tall and slender, Hutchins combined the reputed traits of bantam rooster and bulldog. His voice was reedy and his temper was short. By bluff, bluster, and native intelligence, he normally came out at the top of every dispute, and he had many.