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Punishing the Persons Guilty of this Base Act

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PublicationPalmer, William P., ed. Calendar of Virginia State Papers and Other Manuscripts. 11 Vols. Richmond: 1875-1883. Reprinted. New York: Kraus Reprint Corp., 1968. (no image)
Document Information
Date April 21, 1792
Author Name William Blount (primary) Location: Knoxville
Recipient Name Henry Knox (primary)
Summary William Blount describes for Knox various incidents on the frontier in which Indians have murdered innocent Americans and in which Americans fired at an innocent Indian. In response, he has called up three companies of militia to protect the frontier.
Document Format Modern Printed Transcription of Letter/Document
Document Notes [not available]
Content Notes Calendar of Virginia State Papers
Related Persons/Groups Henry Knox; William Blount; Mr. Shaw with the Bloody fellow and the other Cherokees; three Chicasaws on their way to the President; fellow named Confidant of the Mountain Leader; Thompson, a half breed, the interpreter; young fellow accompanied by a son of General Robertson; Creeks; wife and three children of Harper Ratcliff; the Bench by birth a Cherokee; Northern Indians; three companies of the militia; an Indian passing peaceably among the settlers on French Broad; two sons of James Hubbard; Tennessee company; the wounded Indian; an innocent person; John Watts; Shawanese;
Related Places Knoxville; Knoxville; Philadelphia; Hawkins County near the Virginia line in Stanley Valley; French Broad; Muscle Shoal;
Keywords kindness and civility; observations and threats of fooling unthinking people; valuable presents from the United States; fourth attempt they have made; my plan for a treaty; protection of the frontiers of Cumberland; one [musket] ball; slight wound; this base act; presents equal to his sufferings; retaliation; visit to the lower towns; their recent hostilities; treaty; determination for peace;
Key Phrases I shall make it my business, if possible, to find out and bring to punishment the persons guilty of this base act.

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