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Limited Action Against British Authorized, Though Peaceful Resolutions Still Being Sought

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Source Name Image(s)
CollectionClements Library: Anthony Wayne Letterbooks view image
MicrofilmHistorical Society Of Pennsylvania: Anthony Wayne Papers (no image)
PublicationKnopf, Richard C., ed. Anthony Wayne, A Name In Arms: The Wayne-Knox-Pickering-McHenry Correspondence. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1960. (no image)
Publication'Wayne's Western Campaign, The Wayne-Knox Correspondence.' Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, 78(1954):298-341, 424-455. (no image)
Document Information
Date June 7, 1794
Author Name Henry Knox (primary) Location: War Department
Recipient Name Anthony Wayne (primary)
Summary Knox tells Wayne that the President has authorized limited action against the British at the Rapids of the Miami if such action is needed and success guaranteed. However, it is still the policy of the US to avoid conflict with the British and the Spanish, and indeed John Jay has gone to England to resolve the differences between the US and Britain.
Document Format Recipient's Letterbook Copy
Document Notes Cited in Knox to Wayne, 06/21/1794. Spans Images 279-283 of this collection.
Content Notes [not available]
Related Persons/Groups Anthony Wayne; Henry Knox; Major Genl. Scott; President of the United States; British troops; Indian enemies; mounted militia; regular troops; British minister; Secretary of State; British and Spanish officers; Lord Dorchester; Governor Simcoe; Mr. Jay; people of the United States; Six Nations; Creeks and Inhabitants [of Georgia]; deputation of Cherokees; Company Officers to the three new Battalions of Artillery; Secretary of War; ;
Related Places War Department; Rapids of the Miami; northwest of the Ohio; Great Britain; Pennsylvania; town at Presque Isle; the frontiers of Georgia; ;
Keywords Indian war; measure of force estimated at this distance; agent upon the spot; works that have been erected; accounts; truth of the reports; number of troops posted there; previously established posts of Great Britain; operations against the Indian enemy; humanity and politeness; nearest British garrison; pernicious consequences; encroachment; European war; British government; Lord Dorchester's speech; Envoy extraordinary; all the world; State of Pennsylvania; protection of military force; recent disturbances; war; peaceable mission;
Key Phrases ...if therefore in the course of your operations against the Indian enemy, it should become necessary to dislodge the [British] party at the Rapids of the Miami, you are hereby authorized in the name of the President of the United States to do it, taking care after they shall be in your power to treat them with humanity and politeness and to send them immediately to the nearest British garrison--

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