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Alliance of the Southern Indians with the Hostile Western Tribes

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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 May 21, 1792
Author Name James Seagrove (primary) Location: Rock Landing
Recipient Name Alexander McGillivray (primary)
Summary Seagrove informs McGillivray of the positive nature of the negotiations between the United States and the southern tribes. Many of the Creek headmen agree that the activities of William Bowles are subversive in nature and endanger the peace. Seagrove warns particularly of the danger of the southern Indians allying themselves with the hostile western tribes against the US.
Document Format Modern Printed Transcription of Letter/Document
Document Notes Enclosed in Seagrove to Knox, 05/24/1792.
Content Notes American State Papers, Indian Affairs; Enclosed in Seagrove to Knox, 05/24/1792
Related Persons/Groups Alexander McGillivray; James Seagrove; John Ormsby; old Tallassee king; Kealeages; Mad Dog; Tuckaubatchees; Bowles' party; Indians; Chinabee, the great Natchez warrior; Bird-tail, king of the Cussetahs; Old King; Creeks; Halletemathle; Nethloe, or Second Man; warm friends; President [Washington]; refractory Western tribes; Shawanese; Choctaw, Chickasaw, and Cherokee nations; Department of War; Governor Blount; Blue Giver of the Cussetas; Long Tom;
Related Places Rock Landing, on the Oconee; Tuckaubatchee town; Western waters, near Cumberland river; river St. Mary's; Nashville;
Keywords villainous impositions of Bowles; peace and good order; orderly conduct of the Indians; friendly talks; confusion in the towns; general meeting of the nation; removal of Bowles; feuds in your country; unaccountable conduct of your people in favor of this villain; my first essay in Indian address; your good counsel and assistance; declarations of the Indians; very improper conduct; late murders of some white people; our army to the westward; no engagements with them; intended meeting at the Tuckaubatchee; peace and friendship with every Indian; motives of humanity and benevolence; coercive measures; enclosed letter from the Department of War; stores; list of the Indians who were present at my talk; sketch of the presents; bad treatment and deception; feuds which distract your country; temporary removal; regular, full, and minute advice from you; Coniac brandy, Geneva, spirts, and wine; tea, sugar, and coffee;
Key Phrases Doubtless you have heard that some leading fellows from the hostile Western tribes have been among your people lately, using all their influence and address to get them to join them against the United States. I hope you have got notice of it in time to crush the evil in the bud.

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