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Punish Hostile Indians with Extreme Severity

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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 April 28, 1792
Author Name Henry Knox (primary)
Recipient Name General Israel Chapin (primary)
Summary Knox expresses to General Israel Chapin the wish of the President for an accord with the western Indians. However, if every effort is made by the United States to pacify the Indians and depredations on the frontier still continue, war will be inevitable.
Document Format Modern Printed Transcription of Letter/Document
Document Notes [not available]
Content Notes American State Papers, Indian Affairs
Related Persons/Groups Israel Chapin; Henry Knox; Five Nations of Indians; Stockbridge Indians; Doctor Deodat Allen; Joseph Smith; superintendents; Arthur St. Clair, the Governor of the Territory of the United States northwest of the Ohio; Secretary of War; neighboring tribes of Indians; Western Indians; hostile Indians; Miami and Wabash Indians; incorrigible race of men;
Related Places northwest of the Ohio;
Keywords general rules and orders; deputy temporary agent for the Five Nations; law of Congress relative to Indian affairs; certain regulations; superintendent of the northern district; general occurences in your agency; orders of the President of the United States [Washington]; all your deliveries; receipts for the articles and sums delivered; certificates of respective witnesses; your accounts; firm peace; pure principles of justice and moderation; approbation of the dispassionate and enlightened part of mankind; administration of Indian affairs; reputation and dignity of the republic; coercion; past errors; line of conduct tending to their own happiness; treaty of peace; lands; establishment of tranquility on the frontiers; depredations on the frontiers; friendly sentiments;
Key Phrases But if the hostile Indians should, after having these intentions of the government laid fully before them, still persist in their depredations on the frontiers, it will be considered as the dictates of humanity to endeavor to punish with extreme severity so incorrigible a race of men in order to deter other tribes in future from a like conduct.

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