Document Spotlight-Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

March 6th, 2012

Recently, transcriber Lamar brought us a fascinating look at Indian-American relations and borders. The letter describes a dispute over the actual boundary between United States territory and Cherokee territory. To support his interpretation of the boundary, James W. Henry encloses the transcripts or notes made during negotiations between the two parties in Philadelphia in 1796. Henry remarks that the enclosed notes are the only copies available of those negotiations, and pleads for their safe return.

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