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Instructions to the Commissioners for Treating with the Souther Indians

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PublicationLowrie, Walter and St. Clair Clarke, Matthew, eds. American State Papers: Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States. 38 Vols. Washington, DC: Gales and Seaton, 1832. (no image)
Document Information
Date August 29, 1789
Author Name George Washington (primary) Location: New York
Recipient Name Commissioners (primary) Benjamin Lincoln Cyrus Griffin David Humphreys
Summary Instructions to Lincoln, Griffin, and Humphreys, Commissioners for negotiating treaties of peace with the Indian tribes and nations south of the Ohio River. The various objects of the mission are detailed, the overarching goal of which is to negotiate peace and, as far as possible, align the interests of the tribes with those of the United States. The commissioners have to negotiate with the Creeks, regarding previous treaties.
Document Format Printed transcription/modern copy of Document
Document Notes American State Papers, Series II (Indian Affairs), Vol. 1, 65-68. Also published in the Papers of George Washington.
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Related Persons/Groups George Washington; Benjamin Lincoln; Cyrus Griffin; David Humphreys; Commissioners Plenipotentiary; independent tribes or nations; Indians; Cherokee; Chickasaw; Choctaw; James White; Winn; Joseph Martin; Congress; Creek nation; Alexander McGillivray; Governor of Georgia; Legislature of Georgia; British merchants; Spaniards; prisoners; Negroes; missionaries; Osborne; Pickens; Upper Creeks; Lower Creeks; Seminoles; women and children; influential chiefs; John Steele; Bennet Ballew; Company of Artillery; Captain Burbeck; ;
Related Places New York; Ohio River; North Carolina; South Carolina; Georgia; Augusta; Galphinton; Shoulderbone; Ogechee River; Oconee River; hunting grounds; Altamaha; St. Mary's; Bahama Islands; Gulf of Mexico; Hopewell; Savannah; Rock Landing; Mississippi; Mobile River; Apalachiola River; Tennessee River; Cumberland River; ;
Keywords negotiating treaties of peace; just and liberal system of policy; public documents; several statements; negotiate and establish peace; treaties; written evidence; testimonies; cession of lands; disputed lands; settlements; import or export; merchandise; Indian commerce; trade; gifts; military distinction; line of military posts; temporary boundary; direct trade; restoration of prisoners, negroes, etc; inculcate a friendship; defensive and offensive measures; acts of injury; pecuniary or honorary considerations; goods and provisions; number of warriors; armed; rifle muskets; kinds of government; cattle; value of furs; European goods; ginseng; nature of the country; boats; land portages; murdered several families; adopting the constitution; regular journal; disbursements; rations; ;
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