Letter from Timothy Bernard, distressed friend to James Seagrove Creek Indian Agent

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Date April 9, 1793
Author Name Timothy Barnard [Bernard] (primary) Location: Flint River
Recipient Name James Seagrove (primary) Location: St. Marys
Summary Bernard received express from Seagrove via Mr Aiken who says he cannot stay at Chehaw town any longer because too dangerous. Says Kinnard also in danger. Indians accuse them of being instruments to set towns against each other. Bernard pledges loyalty to US. Mentions Mordecai as having already pointed out that based on Bernard's meeting at Cussetah, there are prospects for peace. Some of Cowetas are tainted, maybe owing to Shawanese talks and because frontier settlers have driven cattle. Mentions correspondence with Major Gaither. Bernard has emphasized to Indians that every officer under president of United States will address injustice. With assistance of White Lieutenant and Mad Dog of Tuchabachees, has convinced Cowetas to lay still until Seagrove arrives. Discusses need to establish and mark boundary line and discussed this necessity with Chief of the Heads. Met with Far Off King, asked him to restrain his men from stealing. By Bernard's account, Chehaws were returning back with cattle and had taken no lives until they passed Traders Hill. When they heard what Galphin had done, they went back and plundered people near Colerain. Recommends not to have confidence in Galphin's brother who is angry with Bernard for not writing to Seagrove in his favor. Bernard worried about safety of his family; Chehaws threaten his life. Outlines procedures for transmittal of letters via Indian runner opposite Colerain on the Spanish side. Bernard lacking provisions to support his family. Mr Aiken has been a good friend to United States; has assisted Kinnard; asks Seagrove to help Aiken if he can.
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Document Notes This document is enclosed in a statement relative to the South Western frontiers, as connected with the state of Georgia and Creek Indians, the south Western territory of the United States and the Cherokees 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; Timothy Barnard; Mr Aiken; Galphin; Chehaw; Kinnard; Mordecai; White Lieutenant; Mad Dog of Tuchabachees; Cowetas; Chief of the Heads; Far Off King; Spaniards; President of United States; George Washington; Major Gaither; Mr Holmes; Alexander Cornett; ;
Related Places St. Marys; Flint River; Chehaw; Colerain; Chehaw town; Cussetah; Traders Hill; Spain; Cowetas; Oakfuskees; Georgia; United States; ;
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