Avoiding a General Indian War

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CollectionHistorical Society Of Pennsylvania: William Irvine Papers view image
CollectionLibrary of Congress: Andrew Ellicot Papers (no image)
PublicationLowrie, Walter and St. Clair Clarke, Matthew, eds. American State Papers: Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States, Vol. IV, Indian Affairs. 38 Vols. Washington, DC: Gales and Seaton, 1832. (no image)
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Date June 14, 1794
Author Name Henry Knox (primary) Location: War Department
Recipient Name Thomas Mifflin (primary)
Summary Discusses how a proposed move against "the more Western tribes" might provoke the Six Nations; notes that these factors, in addition to "precarious" relations with the Creeks, could well bring on a general Indian war. Mentions ongoing negotiations with European nations whose colonies border the U.S., saying that urgent reasons should be sought after to "embarrass or embroil" [whom is unclear], thus to press the rights of the U.S.
Document Format Letter Signed
Document Notes Cited in Knox to Mifflin, 06/21/1794
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Related Persons/Groups Thomas Mifflin, Governor of Pennsylvania; Henry Knox; the President [Washington]; more western tribes; foreign nations in the neighborhood of the United States; Six Nations; Indians; Creeks; European Nations; George Washington; ;
Related Places War Department; Europe; ;
Keywords peace with the Six Nations; hostilities with those Nations; serious evil; campaign; precarious situation of our affairs with the Creek Indians; general Indian war; particular caution; negotiations; To bring on hostilities with those Nations would be at any time a serious evil, considered in reference to the operations we are carrying on against the more Western tribes; ;
Key Phrases To bring on hostilities with those Nations would be at any time a serious evil, considered in reference to the operations we are carrying on against the more Western tribes;
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