Commissioners Arriving and Purchase of Indian Lands

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Date August 16, 1784
Author Name Henry Knox (primary)
Recipient Name Benjamin Lincoln (primary)
Summary Commissioners arriving from the Governor of Halifax, discussed their transportation. Bemoaned delayed travel arrangements and personal agenda. Negotiations for Indian lands required acquiescing to any demands Indians make on U.S.
Document Format Autograph Letter Signed
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Related Persons/Groups Benjamin Lincoln; Henry Knox; commissioners; Governor of Halifax; governor and council; commissary; Devens; Indians; Partridge; Mrs. Lincoln; Indian Nation; ;
Related Places Hingham; Papamaquadi; Passumaquaddi; Passamaquadi; frontier; territory; ;
Keywords business; list of stores; packet; vessel; application; ;
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General Lincoln
[docket in margin in another hand]
Gen Knox
Augst 16th 1784
Dorchester Monday Morng 16 Augt 1784
My dear Sir I received your note of the 10th on Friday evening,
informing me that you should not be ready to sail untill
the 25th. I wish it were possible to be sooner, as I have so
long postponed my own business that I am apprehensive
I shall not have a sufficiency of time to perform it in any
tolerable manner previous to the first of October at which
time it is indispensably necessary I should be here.
A Vessell has arrived from Passamaquadi and says that
Commissioners from the Governor of Hallifax are the? have
arrived [indecipherable: several words crossed out] for us -
If you still adhere to your former day
of the 25th or if you could possibly fix a shorter one, it will
I will do every thing in my power to accelerate our
departure. Whatever Vessell is determined upon, application[?]
must be made to the Governor and Council for it - This
will be a matter of some days --- Mr. Commissary says[?]
he must have a list of Stores some days previous to
our departure --- If you will see and fix the affair[?]
with the master of the longest hingham Packet, or if he
cannot go, or his Vessel is unfit, we will endevor in conjunction
with Mr. Devens to find a suitable one here --- We ought
to determine upon the nature and quantity of things to be
presented to the indians, and make application for them
-- We shall appear ridiculous enough in their eyes
to ask them for their land, and not give them any
thing to prepare their minds to acquiesce in so modest
a request. I hope you have you consulted with Mr. Partridge
& know his precise time.
I am my dear Sir, with compliments
to Mrs. Lincoln and your [word crossed out] amiable Family
Your Affectionate
H Knox
Genl Lincoln