Indian Provocations and Hostilities

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PublicationCarter, Clarence Edwin, ed. The Territorial Papers of the United States. Volume 4, The Territory South of the River Ohio, 1790 - 1796. 26 Vols. Washington, DC: US Government Printing Office, 1934. (no image)
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)
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Date May 16, 1792
Author Name William Blount (primary)
Recipient Name Henry Knox (primary)
Summary Despite hopes for peace, Governor William Blount of Southwest Territory sends Knox a letter describing the murder of two young boys by Indians and an extract from General Pickens referring to murders and horse stealing by young Indian warriors that are provoking the frontier settlers. Blount believes that the murder of the boys was by southern Indians since northern tribes rarely venture so far south.
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Document Notes Cited in Knox to Lee, 06/25/1792, Knox to Lear, 06/28/1792, and Knox to Blount, 08/15/1792. WD: AGO, Old Records Div., Statement of Troops, 1792-1796: C
Content Notes Territorial Papers, Vol. 4; Includes an enclosure from David Campbell; Includes an extract from General Pickens dated 04/28/1792
Related Persons/Groups Henry Knox; William Blount; Indians, six in number; Mr. Cole, one of the guard; two boys; Mr. Wells; Cherokees; Creeks; Northern tribes; General Pickens; inhabitants of this state; frontier inhabitants; more active young men;
Related Places mouth of the Duck; Bear creek; Nashville; Mr. Wells' in Hinds' Valley; Campbell's station; north side of Holston; place where the boys were killed; frontiers of this state;
Keywords objections you offer; a post at the mouth of the Duck; jealousy or suspicions of the Indians; goods; business with [the Indians]; further accounts of murders or horse stealing; mischief; immediate notice; settlements; strawberries; near their father's door; suspicion falls on the Cherokees or Creeks; extract of a letter from General Pickens; the late treaty; horses; ostensible ruling part of a nation; peace; open war; enemy;
Key Phrases objections you offer; a post at the mouth of the Duck; jealousy or suspicions of the Indians; goods; business with [the Indians]; further accounts of murders or horse stealing; mischief; immediate notice; settlements; strawberries; near their father's door; suspicion falls on the Cherokees or Creeks; extract of a letter from General Pickens; the late treaty; horses; ostensible ruling part of a nation; peace; open war; enemyI had hopes of closing this letter without troubling you with further accounts of murders or horse stealing; but this moment a letter is handed to me, express, in the following words:
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