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Indian Travel

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CollectionTennessee State Library and Archives: James Robertson Papers view image
Document Information
Date January 20, 1796
Author Name Timothy Pickering (primary) Location: War Office
Recipient Name William Blount (primary) Location: Knoxville
Summary Notification that Chickasaw and Choctaw Indians travel to Philadelphia, Pickering assumed it was to receive gifts from U.S. Government. Warned against unauthorized Indian travel.
Document Format Autograph Letter Signed
Document Notes [not available]
Content Notes [not available]
Related Persons/Groups William Blount; Timothy Pickering; Indians; Chickasaw; Choctaw; guide; interpreter; conductor; Captain Alexander Gibson; Robert Douthat; ;
Related Places Knoxville; South Western Territory; War Office; Stauton; Philadelphia; ;
Keywords clothing; accoutrements; rifle; presents; gun; wagon; ;
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T Pickering
Jany 20th 1796
[marginalia} 1796, 1797, 1798
[stamped] FREE
His Excellency Governor Blount
[In the Western Territory?]
War Office January 20 1796

Six Indians, Chickasaws and Choctaws have shotted to Philadelphia, without an interpreter or Guide; and we cannot tell the object of their journey except that they might expect to be cloathed and to receive presents. They have been clothed and furnished each with ax rifle Gun and accoutrements; and are this day to set off in a waggon for Staunton with a Conductor. From thence I expect the letters I have written to Captain Alexander Gibson and Robert Douthat Esq. will procure another Conductor, who will be supplied with money to support the Indians to Knoxville travelling on foot from Staunton. This circumstance I suppose may not be pleasing to the: but tho' I would wish to avoid giving disgust, I am desirous of discouraging such irregular and unauthorized visits and I must request you as far as lays in your power to prevent them. I would there have sent these six back with only their cloathing: but they manifested so much ?uneasiness, I gave them the rifles and now they appear perfectly satisfied
I am respectfully
Your obedient servant
Timothy Pickering
His Excellency Governor Blount