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Speech at Conference with Indian Chiefs, Treaty Cannot Be Amended

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CollectionMassachusetts Historical Society: John Adams Papers view image
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Date December 8, 1796
Author Name James McHenry (primary) Location: War Office
Recipient Name [not available]
Summary McHenry's speech to the assembled chiefs, on behalf of the president. Tribes represented: Wiandots [Wyandots], Delawares, Shawanees [Shawnees], Ottawas, Chippewas, Putawatimies, Miamis, Eel River, Weeas, Kickapoos, Piankeshaws, and Kaskaskias. States that the president has considered the Indians' requests that some land sold in the treaty be remitted to them, as well as a formal marking of the boundary between Indian and white lands, and has concluded that any treaty ratified by Congress cannot now be changed. Asks that the Indians be understanding of this, and grants them presents & testimonials of his affection. Addresses the specific cases of a couple of white men living among the Indians; urges that no land be sold to them, as if word got out then whites would come pouring across the borders.
Document Format Letterbook Copy
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Content Notes [not available]
Related Persons/Groups James McHenry; Wyandot; Delaware; Shawanoes; Shawnee; Ottawa; Chippewa; Poutawatomie; Pottawatomie; Miami; Eel River; Weas; Kickapoo; Piankashaws; Kaskaskias; President of the United States; George Washington; Senate; Chiefs; Muccatewasaw; Black Chief; Silver Smith; William Wells; ;
Related Places War Office; village; Wabash; Philadelphia; ;
Keywords treaty; land; boundary line; presents; testimonial; husbandry; stock; journey; ;
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