The President's Response to Chickasaw Concerns Over Boundaries, Garrisons, and Various Issues

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Date December 19, 1796
Author Name James McHenry (primary) Location: War Office
Recipient Name Chiefs of the Chickasaw Nation (primary)
Summary McHenry transmits the president's thoughts about the concerns expressed by the Indians in the conference of November 24, 1796. He says the president will do what he can to prevent white encroachment, including running the official boundary line. Tells of the treaty between Spain and the U.S. which is re-drawing the U.S. boundary with the Spanish possessions in the Southwest, says that there is no way of knowing when the Spanish garrison at Chickasaw Bluffs will evacuate, but that the permanence of a U.S. garrison there will depend on the Chickasaws treating the U.S. better than Spain in upcoming negotiations. Discusses payment of compensation for Chickasaw land confiscated by North Carolina, and payment by the Chickasaws to compensate a slaveowner for slaves who are now in their possession (having obtained them from the Cherokee). Recommends that the Chickasaws address grievances, etc. through the local Indian agent, Benjamin Hawkins.
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Related Persons/Groups James McHenry; Chiefs and Warriors; Chickasaw Nation; Chickasaw; Indians; President; George Washington; Secretary of War; Opoiamingo; Piomingo; Olmataha; Mukamataha; Major George Colbert; Thomas Brown; John Brown; George Augusta; settlers; Spaniards; King of Spain; McGhee; Indian Nations; Chiefs; Benjamin Hawkins; Dinsmoor; Dinsmore; British Army; Cherokee; Negroes; slaves; Interpreter; Creek; Southern Indians; ;
Related Places War Office; Cumberland; Indian Country; Chickasaw land; Chickasaw Bluffs; garrison; Fort Massac; South Carolina; England; ;
Keywords talk; road; boundary line; trespassing; treaty; running of the line; claim; great war; compensation; property; annual present; delivery; Indian goods; ;
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