Appropriate Response to Indian Plunder

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Date January 27, 1800
Author Name Arthur St. Clair (primary)
Recipient Name James McHenry (primary)
Summary Mr. Smith wrote St. Clair requesting partial stoppage to the annuity due the Potowatamie Indians because of their assault on him while he descended the Wabash River. If the Indians do not provide adequate compensation, St. Clair asks for orders on how to proceed.
Document Format Autograph Letter Signed
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Related Persons/Groups James McHenry; Arthur St. Clair; Mr. Wells; Potowatamies; Indian Nation; traders; Mr. Smith of Detroit; ;
Related Places Indian towns; Detroit; St. Vincennes; Wabash River; ;
Keywords bales of goods; petition; annuity to the nation; list of articles taken; compensation; liquor; ;
Key Phrases I am informed that three Potowatamies plundered a Mr. Smith of Detroit as he was descending the Wabash River; Mr. Wells writes that "nothing could be more pleasing to the traders and Indians than to hear that the trade should be confined to the Indian towns and that no liquors should carried among them";
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