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Knox copies minutes from Washington's speech

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Date October 24, 1791
Author Name Henry Knox (primary)
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Summary Document, minutes for the President's speech; discusses impartial justice for Indians; mentions system for national militia.
Document Format Document, type undetermined
Document Notes Document written in the hand of Knox
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Related Persons/Groups George Washington; Henry Knox;
Related Places War Department; United States; ;
Keywords general militia; nature of things peculiarly vulnerable; fortification of such places; wisdom and dignity; national security; convince the refractory of the power of the United States to restrain and punish their deprededations; offers of peace; deluded tribes and a considerable number of individuals have lately denounced all further opposition; removed from their former situation and placed themselves under the protection; intimate intercourse may be effected tending to advance the happiness of the indians and to attach them firmly; indians should experience the benefits of an impartial administration of justice; mode of alienating their lands the main source of discontent and war should be defined and regulated by such principles as to prevent all controversy; rational experiments; civilization; proer penalties should be provided for such lawless persons as shall violate the treaties; unenlightened race of men; happiness materially depends on the conduct of the US; highly economical and honorable to the national character; establishing a system for the national defence; offers of pacification were held for the hostile tribes upon terms of moderation and justice; pursuance of the powers vested in my by law I have directed such measures for re-establishiing the tranquility of the western frontiers as appeared adequate and proper for the purpose; treaties were held; just means used to attack the wavering and to confirm the well disposed titles of indians in their friendship to the United States; ;
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Minutes for the President's speech 24 Oct 1791

In pursuance of the powers vested in me by Law, I have directed such measures for re-establishing the tranquillite of the western frontiers, as appeared adequate and proper for that purpose.

At the same time that treaties were held, and other just means used, to attack the wavering and to confirm the well desposed titles of Indians in their friendship to the United States, offers of pacification were held for 12 to the hostile tribes upon terms of moderation and justice. B

But those offers having had no effect, it became necessary to convince the refractory of the power if the United States to restrain and punish their depredations. Accordingly [strike through undecipherable][undecipherable] operations was directed, to be conducted [undecipherable] with humanity.

Some of these operations have been when undecipherable [undecipherable] succeeded, and [undecipherable] they are yet undecided.

The offers of peace [undecipherable] continued to the deluded tribes and a comperable number of belonging there have lately renounced all further opposition, removed from their former [undecipherable] and placed

placed themselves under the protection of the United States.

It is sincerely to be desired that  ill[undecipherable] [undecipherable] than [undecipherable] may [undecipherable] that an intimate intercourse may be effected tending to advance the happiness of the Indians and to attach them firmly to the United States.

To effect these desirable objects it seems necessary that the [undecipherable] should experience the benefits of an impartial administration of the [undecipherable]

That the mode of alienating their lands, the main force of discontents and all,

war; should be defined and regulated up by such principles, as to prevent all controversy.

Than the advantages of commue found be extended to them, and such national experiments made for imparting to them the blessings of civilization, as may from time to time be suitable be their condition.

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Minutes for the President Speech 24 October 1791 3 XXIX-161

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and furnishing [undecipherable] necessary [undecipherable] manufactured [undecipherable] the United States, and after the fortification of such places as are from [undecipherable] nature of things peculiarly vulnerable or important.

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It would be more consonance to the wisdom and dignity of the United States that our national security should rest under the problem of a new [undecipherable] the basis of [undecipherable] than on a fortuitous assembly [undecipherable]