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Dire State of Affairs on the Frontier

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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)
Document Information
Date June 2, 1792
Author Name William Blount (primary)
Recipient Name Henry Knox (primary)
Summary Blount informs Knox of the state of affairs on the frontier which are sufficently dire to require additional militia. He is still having difficulty finding supplies for the troops who are currently supplying themselves with the promise of future compensation. Relations with the Creeks still are in flux.
Document Format Modern Printed Transcription of Letter/Document
Document Notes Cited in Knox to Lee, 06/30/1792, and Knox to Blount, 08/15/1792.
Content Notes Territorial Papers, Vol. 4; Cited in Knox to Lee, 06/30/1792
Related Persons/Groups Henry Knox; William Blount; Cherokees; General McGillivray; Creeks; two more companies of militia; contractor; troops; Mr. Allison; General Pickens; four Indians; the Bench and his party; John Thompson, the interpreter at the late treaty; Little Turkey; Mr. Seagrove; Mr. Bowles' party;
Related Places Coyatee; Cumberland river; district of Washington; Nashville; the Tennessee; Cumberland mountain; north side of Holston; twelve miles south of Clinch; Rock Landing in Georgia;
Keywords present state of affairs with the Cherokees; minutes of the conference at Coyatee; depredation committed at Cumberland; three months tour; five companies by me ordered into actual service; protection to the frontiers; scarce season of the year; the price to which I am limited; eight cents per day in addition to his pay; great difficulty and grumbling; necessity for a contractor; price; duplicate of your letter to me of 22nd April; Indian goods; public road; clothes and powder horn; [musket] balls; no further injury; boundary; late treaty;
Key Phrases Those [depredations] committed in that quarter, meaning those in the last month, have compelled me to order into actual service two more companies of militia from the district of Washington,...

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