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Peace Mission of Cornplanter, Supplies & Artillery Needed at Legionville

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Source Name Image(s)
CollectionClements Library: Anthony Wayne Letterbooks view image
MicrofilmHistorical Society Of Pennsylvania: Anthony Wayne Papers (no image)
PublicationKnopf, Richard C., ed. Anthony Wayne, A Name In Arms: The Wayne-Knox-Pickering-McHenry Correspondence. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1960. (no image)
Document Information
Date January 18, 1793
Author Name Anthony Wayne (primary) Location: Legion Ville
Recipient Name Henry Knox (primary)
Summary The Cornplanter's peace message should be laid before Congress as soon as possible as he and his nephew are on their way to Philadelphia. Various items are needed at Legionville including a complete Theodolite, a four pole chain, and sixteen howitzers.
Document Format Author's Letterbook Copy
Document Notes Cited in Knox to Wayne, 01/26/1793. Spans Images 163-164 of this collection.
Content Notes [not available]
Related Persons/Groups Henry Knox; Anthony Wayne; President; George Washington; Mr. Rosecrantz; the Cornplanter; Cornplanter; New Arrow; Congress; the Cornplanter's nephew; Major Beatty; Mr. Steele; Indians; interpreter; chiefs; ;
Related Places Legion Ville; Philadelphia; Legionville; ;
Keywords message; authenticity; correspondence; resignation; invoice of ordnance and military stores; military stores; ordnance; paper; rounds; magazine; laboratory; armory; articles; complete theodolite; instrument; four pole chain; howitzers; permanent peace; the truth of Mr. Rosecrantz's evidence; the mouth of an illiterate interpreter; invoice of ordinance & military stores; thirty six rounds per man; magazine, laboratory, and armory; sixteen howitzers; a permanent peace with the Indians; Mr. Steele's motion for the reduction of the Army to the contrary thereof notwithstanding;
Key Phrases permit me therefore to request you to order these articles mentioned in the invoice to be forwarded with all possible dispatch

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No 40. - To Major Gen"l Knox Secy of war


Legion Ville 18th. Janry 1793. -


I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your's of the 5th instant, in which you mention that the President relying upon the truth of the Rosecrantz', evidence had directed the Cornplanter & new arrow's message to be laid before Congress on that day. - for my own part, I have no doubt of its authenticity, as Mr. Rosecrantz is not only well acquainted with their language, but is also in their confidence: in addition to this, he committed that message to writing sentence by sentence as they delivered it, therefore not so liable to mistake as if wrote in a hurry by a third person taken from the mouth of an illiterate interpreter. -

however I hope that the Cornplanter & new arrow are now on their route to this place, where they shall not be detained, but forwarded with all expedition to Philadelphia; and I have made it the interest, both of Mr,, Rosecrantz & the Cornplanters nephew, to prevail upon those Chiefs to undertake this journey & doubt not of their success. -

Enclosed are copies of correspondence between Major Beatty & myself with his resignation; also an invoice of ordnance & military stores immediately wanted: we have not as much paper on hand as will make thirty six rounds per man for the troops now at this place. by tomorrow evening we shall have finished a magazine, laboratory & armory - and all effected in the course of one week. permit me therefore to request you to order these articles mentioned in the invoice to be forwarded with all possible dispatch, together with a complete Theodolite upon the most improved construction - an instrument much wanted - also a four pole chain. - I pray you not to neglect the sixteen howitzers mentioned in my private letter of the 15th instant for I am confident we shall want them in order of effect a permanent peace with the Indians, anything contained in Mr. Steeles motion for the reduction of the Army to the contrary thereof notwithstanding.

I have the honor to be with sincere esteem your most obedt. & very huml Servant

Anty Wayne

The Honble Maj Gen H Knox Secy of War.