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Protecting the Creek Boundaries, Etc.

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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, Vol. IV, Indian Affairs. 38 Vols. Washington, DC: Gales and Seaton, 1832. (no image)
Document Information
Date February 20, 1792
Author Name Henry Knox (primary)
Recipient Name James Seagrove (primary)
Summary Knox's detailed instructions to James Seagrove regarding the subversive actives of Williams Bowles and the necessity of establishing the boundaries negotiated with the Creeks in the Treaty of New York. He also would like to enlist 300 Creek warriors to assist in the campaign against the northern Indians.
Document Format Modern Printed Transcription of Letter/Document
Document Notes [not available]
Content Notes American State Papers, Indian Affairs
Related Persons/Groups James Seagrove; Henry Knox; President [Washington]; Major Trescott; Brigadier General McGillivray; Cherokee chiefs; body of three hundred warriors of the Creeks; Captain Mills; two commissioned officers; two white persons; Indian department; [William] Bowles; prisoners; army; Mr. Ellicott, the surveyor; Charles Weatherfield; his [McGillivray's] negroes; Walker; Mr. Hammond, the British minister here; hostile Indians; emissaries with the Southern Indians; Cherokees; Chickasaws; Choctaws; Congress; agents employed in the Indian Department; Major Call;
Related Places Trader's Hill, on the river at St. Mary's near the Indian [boundary] line; Savannah; Fort Pitt; Rock Landing; New York; Fort Washington on the Ohio; the great Miami; Bahamas; Flint River; New Orleans; Pensacola;
Keywords rivers; ice; money and goods; general rule of conduct; interests of the Creeks; objects of your mission; wisdom of your conduct, your own resources and talents; transportation to the Rock Landing; delivery of the said money and goods to you; regular accounts; evidences of distrust; vouchers; oath; his impostership; Treaty of New York; boundary specified in the treaty; official restrictions of secrecy; fertile lands; jealousy; attachment to the United States; impudent imposter; British government; utter expiration of Bowles; line marked in the treaty; law of the land; future importance of Mr. McGillivray; inflammability of the Indians; Bowles' interference; peace with the Creeks; rewards to particular imminent characters; entire defeat of our troops the last year; general war with all the Southern tribes; sincerity of [McGillivray's] attachment to the United States; three statements of the causes of war with the northern Indians; general and firm peace with all the Indians tribes; principles of moderation and justice; kindness and mildness, instead of terrors or threatenings; rate of compensation; bill; Indians affairs; turbulent spirits among the Indians; mischef by Bowles' instigations; further orders of the President;
Key Phrases The United States are bound to protect the Creeks in the boundary specified in the treaty, and they cannot consent to any other being marked. The true line, and that only, can be established.

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