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Extract of letter from Secretary of War to David Henley on claims and compensation for Indian damage

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CollectionNational Archives and Records Administration: Settled Indian Accounts, RG217 view image
CollectionNational Archives and Records Administration: Settled Indian Accounts, RG217 view image
Document Information
Date June 23, 1796
Author Name William Simmons Location: Accountant's Office Philadelphia
Recipient Name David Henley (primary)
Summary William Simmons addresses compensation for damage committed by Indians. He refers to the act to regulate trade and intercourse with Indian tribes and to preserve peace on the frontiers. Discusses claim by General Robertson for a quantity of corn claimed destroyed by Choctaw and Chickasaws at General Robertson's house. Simmons states that a deduction should be taken from annual amount given to the offending tribe. He goes on to argue that the corn was not stolen or destroyed; [it appears that the Indians ate the corn] therefore there cannot be a legitimate claim.
Document Format Extract of Letter
Document Notes The heading indicates that McHenry wrote the letter, but it appear that William Simmons composed and signed it.
Content Notes [not available]
Related Persons/Groups David Henley; James McHenry; Choctaw; Chickasaw; Indian Affairs; War Department; Secretary of War; William Simmons; Accountant's Office; General Robertson; ;
Related Places War Office; War Department; Philadelphia; Knoxville; Tennessee; Accountant's Office; ;
Keywords corn; ;
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