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Knox's Invitation to a Chief of the Six Nations to the General Government

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Source Name Image(s)
CollectionNational Archives of Canada: Claus Papers (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 27, 1792
Author Name Henry Knox (primary) Location: War Department
Recipient Name [not available]
Summary The recipient, a chief of the Six Nations, is invited to the seat of the US Government to hear the US policy towards the hostile and non-hostile Indian tribes. The US hopes to disabuse the hostile tribes, especially the Miami, Wabash, and Shawnee, of the idea that the US is trying to steal land. They hope that the chiefs will help to communicate the following points to the hostile tribes: the US is willing to make peace; they want only the lands ceded by treaties; they intend to abide by the treaty of Muskingum; they are willing to provide just compensation; there will be annual compensation furnished in the form of goods; they are willing to teach agriculture and husbandry to the Indians. The plan is to conduct a treaty at Philadelphia outlining the above points. All parties must be represented and hostilities must cease to conduct the treaty talks.
Document Format Document Signed
Document Notes Published in American State Papers, 2nd Congress, 2nd Session. Indian Affairs: Vol 1, 236-237.
Content Notes [not available]
Related Persons/Groups Henry Knox; chief; Six Nations; Western Indians; Indians; President of the United States; hostile Indians; tribes; Miami; Wabash; Shanaese; Shawnee; hostages; escorts; Commissioners; Major Trueman; Brigadier General Putnam; warriors; ;
Related Places War Department; seat of the General Government; Miami River; Lake Erie; Philadelphia; frontier; territory; land; ;
Keywords war; land; hostilities; red hatchet; cattle; corn; bread; treaty; treaty of Muskingum; map; compensation; war parties; sale; ;
Key Phrases bury the red hatchet;

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