Indian Hostilities

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Date April 28, 1795
Author Name Timothy Pickering (primary) Location: War Office
Recipient Name Robert Brooke (primary) Location: Virginia
Summary Opinion on Indian hostilities and white hunters invading Indian hunting grounds on the north west side of the Ohio River.
Document Format Autograph Letter Signed
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Related Persons/Groups Governor Robert Brooke; Timothy Pickering; Indians; Indian Nation; Cherokees; hostiles; hunting party; Governor Virginia; Secretary of War; scouts; General Anthony Wayne; Shawanoe Chief; Shawanese; General Biggs; General Washington; President Washington; ;
Related Places Virginia; War Office; north west; Ohio River; river; hunting grounds; Scioto River; Sciota; Little Kenhawa River; Wheeling; Indian Country; ;
Keywords hostile acts of Indians; western mail; capitulation; peace treaty; predatory party of Cherokees; hostilities; hostile acts; depredations; western papers; fatal Indian War; ;
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Secretary at War
28th April 1795
on subject of frontiers
War Office April 28 1795
I have received your letter of the 22d inclosing the copy of a letter from General Biggs, informing of some hostile acts of the Indians on the border of the Ohio. The appointment of scouts may therefore be very proper. By the last Western mail I received a letter of the 8th ulto from General Wayne, by which it appeared, that altho' all the hostile nations in that quarter had entered into a capitulation for the treating of peace next June & easing hostilities in the mean time, yet that there was a predatory party of Cherokees (and probably the banditti of some other tribes) collected or rather making their quarters, on the Waters of Sciota, from whence they annoyed the frontiers: but he had sent to them a message by a Shawanoe Chief, threatening their destruction if they persisted in the hostilities now that the Nations had stipulated a suspension of
of all hostile acts, & for making a general peace and the Chief promised to aid the General in extirpating that banditti, if they persisted in their depredations.
I had not before heard of killing of a man at the mouth of Little Kenhawa. The man killed on the Sciota ought not to have been there. The western papers have informed us of a party of hunters falling in with some Indians not far from Wheeling - but the hunters were in the Indian country - that is, on the northwest side of the Ohio, on the hunting grounds which have been the very object of this fatal Indian war. I am suspicious that this is the same party of hunters to which General Biggs refers. If so, I say of them, that they ought not to have been there.
The President is now in Virginia. On his return your letter shall be laid before him.
I am with great respect Sir, your most obt servant
Timothy Pickering
Governor Brooke