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Master of Trade House to Serve the Creek Indians of Georgia

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CollectionMassachusetts Historical Society: John Adams Papers view image
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Date November 26, 1795
Author Name Timothy Pickering (primary)
Recipient Name Edward Price (primary)
Summary Secretary Pickering appoints Edward Price as the factor of a trading house on the St. Mary's River, GA, which has been established by Congress to supply the Creek Indians with goods. Sets forth instructions on the running of the post, covering pricing, the objective of maintaining friendship with the Indians, medium of exchange (money or peltries [pelts] only), whom to contact in the Georgia office of Indian Affairs, stance on credit for Indians, recommendations of assistants and the local military commander, recommendations for the location, the keeping of military stores at the post, accounting for the living expenses of Price & his assistants, the replacement of goods out of stock, the (reluctant) inclusion of rum in the goods to be furnished to the post, proper record-keeping, and the necessity of keeping on good terms with the Indians. The instructions appear identical to those presented to the factor of the other new trading post, in the Southwestern.Territory.
Document Format Document Signed
Document Notes DEII Candidacy: these elaborate instructions for the Indian trade give much insight into the practices and opinions regarding Indians in early federal policy. (Note: the instructions appear identical to those given to James Byers on the same date, so _both_ need not be upgraded to DEII).
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Related Persons/Groups Edward Price; Timothy Pickering; Creek Nation; Creeks Indians;
Related Places Georgia; St. Mary's River; Southwest Territory;
Keywords pelts; peltries; money; goods; stores;
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