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Letter from James Seagrove to the White Lieutenant, of the Oakfuskies

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Date February 20, 1793
Author Name James Seagrove (primary) Location: St. Mary's
Recipient Name Chief White Lieutenant (primary) Location: St. Mary's Georgia
Summary Letter from Creek Indian Agent James Seagrove to Chief White Lieutenant of the Oakfuskies. Received a talk from White Lieutenant through medicine of Mr Townsend and Mr Timothy Barnard (interpreter). Seagrove notes that White Lieutenant had not received his letter or present of silverware. Seagrove speaks highly of the Chief. Reports that the great and good father General Washington has high regard for the Chief; considers him one of his best friends in the Creek land. Regrets that the Chief was not invited to the meeting; it was a miscommunication; certainly not intended. No doubt the chief has heard about talks to Chief of Creek Nation during past November. Mr Barnard is to explain all the talks. Horses have arrived via Mr. Fowler and Mr Reilly. When Fowler returns, will send more presents. All is peace and friendship in this country toward the Chief and his people. President Washington will make Chief's people happy and comfortable as long as they act well by him. Sorry that the Creeks allow villains from northern tribes to come into their lands and give talks which cannot fail to bring ruin to Creek people. Northern tribes have been carrying on war for some years; General Washington wished for peace; that is why he did not send a large army to destroy them; and that is why they had an opportunity to kill some of his people and do a great deal of mischief [St.Clair and Harmar defeats]. Washington sent commissioners to offer peace; they were murdered and this angered him much. As such, he ordered great army of choice Warriors to go against them. This army [presumably General Wayne's] is ready and will march into towns when snow is gone. These tribes now beg in a most humble manner for peace; chiefs are going to the president and congress in Philadelphia. Warns the Creeks not to get involved; like a drowning man, northern tribes will pull anyone down to save selves. Advises chief to drive them from land. Seagrove will give presents to those who bring northern Indians to him (a horse load of goods). Seagrove regrets he did not come sooner, but path is bad and no feed for horses.
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Document Notes This document is enclosed in instructions to the commissioners appointed to deal with the hostile Indians north of the Ohio, in the form of a journal of their proceedings, submitted to the House of Representatives on December 4, 1793. This document is an integral part of [Public Reports] and other communications of the Secretary of War, 12/99/1793.
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Related Persons/Groups James Seagrove; White Lieutenant; Oakfuskee; Oakfuskies; Timothy Barnard; Mr Townsend; General Washington; Creek Nation; Mr Fowler; Mr Reilly; Congress; President of United States; great father; Indian Agent; Indian interpreter; ;
Related Places St. Mary's; Creeks; Oakfuskee; Georgia; Philadelphia; Alabama; ;
Keywords peace treaties with southern tribes;
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