Transcriptions closed on May 15, 2018. Read more details here.

The U.S. Will Fall on the Southern Indians

Sources & Images
Source Name Image(s)
CollectionPrinted Version only view image
Document Information
Date 1792
Author Name Richard Finnelson (primary)
Recipient Name [not available]
Summary Finnelson discusses in detail the efforts of the Governor of New Orleans to persuade the southern Indians to reject their treaties with the United States and ally themselves with the Spanish.
Document Format Modern Printed Transcription of Letter/Document
Document Notes Enclosed in Blount to Knox, 09/26/1792.
Content Notes [not available]
Related Persons/Groups Richard Finnelson; General Robertson: Governor of New Orleans [Gayoso]; Sam Osborne; Joseph Deraque; Chickasaws; Choctaws; Creeks; Cherokees; McGillivray; Shawanese; southern Indians; Governor O'Neal; John Watts, the Young Dragging Canoe; Mr. Panton; Little Turkey; Governor Blount; Black Dog; Spaniards; Red-headed Will; Bloody Fellow; White Owl; John Taylor; Captain Charley; White Man-Killer; spy friend; Mr. I; Mombreun; drunken young fellows; ;
Related Places L'Ance la Grace; Clarksville; Red River; Cumberland; Kentucky; Mississippi; Natchez; Pensacola; New Orleans; Mobile; the Oconee; Hickory ground; Savannah; Eufaulies, Tuckaubatchees; Wackakoy; Cow Towns; Little Eufauly; White Ground; Oakbusky; Tuskegee; Talonteeskee; silver epaulets; scarlet match coat; broad silver lace; Look-out Mountain; frontiers of Holston; French Broad; Knoxville; Nickajack; ;
Keywords boat belonging to Mr. Fagot; peace with the Indians; Spanish posts; knives; clothes; paint; treaties with the United States; appearance of friendship; wine; guns ammunition; horses; saddles; bridles; Panton's vessel; passport; schooner from Pensacola; umbrella; the King's store; treaties with the southern Indians; tickets; war dance; whiskey; English [language]; intelligence; rumor of war in the lower towns; silver hilted swords; ;
Key Phrases The Governor [Gayoso] asked Finnelson if he knew McGillivray; he answered, very well; he replied if you had been here a few days ago you would have seen him; he has turned into a new man; has resigned up the commission he received from Congress and for doing so the Governor allowed him 1,500 dollars a year. The Governor expressed his sorrow that any of the Indians made treaties with the United States; they only deceive Indians with the appearance of friendship, until they conquer the Shawanese and then fall on the southern Indians.

[Note: Transcriptions are works in progress and maybe partial. Please help us correct any errors or omissions by signing up for a transcription account.]
[not available]