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Instructions about Cherokee Borders, Indian Agent, and Frigate-Building

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Document Information
Date July 8, 1796
Author Name Timothy Pickering (primary) Location: Department of State
Recipient Name James McHenry (primary)
Summary Refers to communication with the President about the Cherokee boundaries according to the Treaty of Holston. Questions appointment of Indian agent. Agrees with Mr. Wolcott about building of frigate according to Mr. Fox's instructions.
Document Format Autograph Letter Signed
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Related Persons/Groups James McHenry; Timothy Pickering; President; George Washington; Cherokees; Indian Agent; Mr. Wolcott; Mr. Fox;
Related Places Department of State; Navy Yards; Cherokee Land;
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July 8 1796
Secy of War
T. Pickering

The Secretary of War
Department of State July 8, 1796.
Dear Sir
The President, in two letters I have received this week, mentions these points for consideration
1. "How soon & in what manner" the Cherokee boundary can and ought to be run & marked, agreeably to the treaty of Holston.
2. What can be done relative to the appointment of an Indian agent (superintendant) in the room of Governor Blount; and of the Agents for carrying on the Indian trade.
He will expect a report as soon as our opinions are formed.
I have conversed with Mr. Wolcott: We are both of opinion that the first step towards building the frigate , is to send Mr. Fox to the different Navy yards to take an account of the timber, and to converse with the principal builders, to see on what terms & within what time they will, any of them, undertake to have her completed. We think it ineligible and fruitless to advertise for a contract. The explanations which Mr. Fox can give to the master builders will
will [undecipherable] them to state their terms, which he will bring back with him, & then a choice may be made. I am convinced that it will be in vain to seek a substitute for Mr. Fox; & I beg you to decide thereon that his instructions may be prepared to enable him to start by [undecipherable] on Monday.
Respectfully yours
T. Pickering
The Secretary of War