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Directions for the Factor of the Southern Trading Posts

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CollectionHistorical Society Of Pennsylvania: William Irvine Papers view image
Document Information
Date November 26, 1795
Author Name Timothy Pickering (primary) Location: War Office
Recipient Name James Byers (primary)
Summary Pickering provides detailed instructions for James Byers, the new factor of the southern trading posts, and emphasizes the General Government's policy of treating the Indians with fairness and benevolence.
Document Format Letter Signed
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Related Persons/Groups James Byers; Timothy Pickering; Congress; the President [Washington]; the Purveyor; traders; Governor Blount, Superintendent of Indian Affairs in the Southwestern Territory; Cherokee Nation; southern tribes; Interpreter; Commanding Officer of the troops at the Trading Post; Colonel David Henley; Contractor; ;
Related Places War Office; Georgia; Southwestern territory; Knoxville; ;
Keywords trade with the Indian nations on our borders; trading posts; directions as the factor; instructions; moderate prices; sales; prime cost and all charges; invoices; transportation of the goods; easy terms; liberality and friendship of the United States; ties of interest and gratitude; foundation of a lasting peace; numerous accidents and losses; prices of the goods; unfair dealing; money or peltry; market in Philadelphia; factory; benevolent principles; blockhouse; refusal of credit; mode of saving and packing the peltries; character of perfect probity and sobriety; treaty; buildings; whiskey; ;
Key Phrases I close these instructions with suggesting to you the necessity of kind and friendly treatment of the Indians who may visit your station and of perfect candor in all your dealings with them.

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