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President's Reply to Concerns of the Choctaw Delegation of December 16

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CollectionMassachusetts Historical Society: John Adams Papers view image
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Date December 21, 1796
Author Name James McHenry (primary) Location: War Office
Recipient Name Chiefs of the Chickasaw Nation (primary)
Summary James McHenry responds on behalf of the president, saying that he does not know if the boundaries described by the Choctaw chief are the same ones decided upon in the Treaty of Hopewell, but that he will consider them; that he will always endeavor to keep whites off the Indians' land, but that the garrisons in Choctaw country will still be manned, to achieve this enforcement; that U.S. trading posts in Choctaw country are legal, and will be constructed when the U.S. sees fit; that Benjamin Hawkins, Indian agent to the Creeks, will also be an intermediary for the Choctaws until another individual is appointed; says that presents for the whole of the Indian nation are unavailable because Congress has not appropriated the funds, but that personal presents for the Indian chiefs will be provided.
Document Format Letterbook Copy
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Related Persons/Groups James McHenry; Chiefs and Warriors; Choctaw; Secretary of War; President; Eatcheehoopoia; Parshenahla; Holtooneba; Shappandahooma; Spain; Benjamin Hawkins; agent; Creek; traders; visitors; Congress; Great Council of the United States; ;
Related Places War Office; Spain; Natches; Natchez; Walnut Hills; fort; Tumbeckbee River; trading post; Creek Nation; Philadelphia; ;
Keywords boundaries; Treaty of Hopewell; treaty; tranding post; presents; money; ;
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