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Treating with the Six Nations

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CollectionPeabody Essex Museum: Timothy Pickering Papers view image
Document Information
Date May 11, 1791
Author Name Henry Knox (primary) Location: War Department
Recipient Name George Clinton (primary)
Summary Knox discusses treating with the Six Nations and State government and laws respecting Indian affairs. He alludes to the planned embassy to the Western Indians.
Document Format Contemporary Copy of Letter
Document Notes Enclosed in Knox to Pickering, 05/18/1791. Document slightly illegible due to copy quality.
Content Notes [not available]
Related Persons/Groups Governor George Clinton; Henry Knox; Secretary of War Colonel Timothy Pickering; Cornplanter; Captain Joseph Brant; Western Indians; Senecas; other tribes eastward of the Senecas; young warriors; troops of the United States; Six Nations; President; Department of War; ;
Related Places War Department; Painted Post; United States; ;
Keywords convention; meeting; Indian affairs; design of peace; reasonable sum of money; confederation; good policy; appointed; his visit; meeting with the Indians; pecuniary engagements you shall judge proper; general government; Cornplanter's abilities, fidelity and his active exertions; public interest; power of a reasonable sum of money to attach him to the United States; business under the Cornplanter's management; designs of Brant relative to a general confederation of Indians; objects of the department during his absence; design of the peace; repeated personal communications; persuasion of your cordiality to precise measures with the indians; your letter to the President; measure appeared highly expedient in order not only to prevent their joining the western Indians; security to the continuance of their friendship; your excellency's favor; answer to my letter; ;
Key Phrases He is greatly attached to the United States upon the solid convictions of the measure being the only one by which he and the other indians shall be secured from utter destruction. My authority on the occasion was founded with the circumstances that the business of Indian affairs had been established by law as a branch of the Department of War. Senecas were the principal object of the meeting, that tribe constituting the main body of the Six Nations resident within the general limits of the United States. I am sorry you do not approve the convention of the Six Nations at this particular crisis.

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