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The State of Indian Talks; Threat of Attack

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Document Information
Date June 5, 1792
Author Name Rufus Putnam (primary) Location: Pittsburgh
Recipient Name Henry Knox (primary)
Summary Putnam informs Knox of the state of the negotiations between the US and some of the northern tribes and warns that any attack by the US on Indian towns would severely hinder the talks and endanger all US citizens in the vicinity of the attack.
Document Format Modern Printed Transcription of Letter/Document
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Content Notes Rufus Putnam Collection
Related Persons/Groups Henry Knox; Rufus Putnam; Capt. Jeffers; Munsey Indians; principal warriors of the Senecas [Sennakas]; hostile nations; Capt. Snake; two Delawares [Dellawares]; Major Truman; Capt. Hendrick; Mr. Hakenwelder; militia of Washington and some other counties; General Wayne [Wain]; lieutenants of the counties; messengers and negotiators; enemy;
Related Places Pittsburgh; Sandusky towns; Indian country;
Keywords Scout; speech by them to the hostile nations; circumstance relative to the Munsey Indians; my speech; this conveyance; uncertainty of Major Truman's success; hearing; their journey; attack on the Sandusky [Sanduskey] towns; scheme; all offensive operations; propriety of this measure; orders; war; stroke made on their towns; purposes of accomodation; power of the enemy; sacrifice;
Key Phrases Should any stroke be made on their towns it more than probably that government would be wholly frustrated in their purposes of accomodation and every person within the power of the enemy would fall a sacrifice.

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