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Indians' Diversionary Tactics

Sources & Images
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 July 10, 1793
Author Name Anthony Wayne (primary) Location: Hobson's Choice
Recipient Name Henry Knox (primary)
Summary Wayne frets that a confederacy of southern and northern Indians is forming to enforce the Indians' boundary demands. Meanwhile the treaty negotiations are merely a diversion while the Indians prepare for war.
Document Format Author's Letterbook Copy
Document Notes Cited in Knox to Wayne, 07/20/1793. Spans Images 246-247 of this collection.
Content Notes [not available]
Related Persons/Groups Henry Knox; Anthony Wayne; troops; savage Commissioners; three hundred Creeks and Cherokees; Creek; Cherokee; Col. McKee; Colonel McKee; Mr. Simcoe; our Commissioners; Commissioners; ;
Related Places Hobson's Choice; L'anse a'l Graise; rapids of the Miami; the Mississippi; Mississippi River; Lake Michigan; ;
Keywords stores; long delay; a strong confederacy; this long delay and the state of the water; a strong confederacy is actually forming against us;
Key Phrases Mr. Simcoe only means to amuse & trifle with our Commissioners until every thing is in perfect readiness and in a proper train to dictate a boundary line or to let slip the dogs of war--I may possibly be mistaken but I fear that the prediction will be found but too true.
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No62._ To Major Genl Knox

Sec.y of war

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Hobsons Choise vicar

Fort Washington 10. July 1793.

Sir,

I have the honor to enclose you copies of my letters & dispatches of the 20th ultimo & 2.d instant._

No troops or stores have yet arrived nor have I heard anything of them since your last letter of the 7th of June except what I mentioned in my letter of the 2.d I therefore feel very uneasy least this long delay and the state of the water may prevent their timely arrival._

The
The savage Commissioners are assembling in force: three hundred Creeks & Cherokees actually passed [undecipherable] L'anse a'l Graise on the 1st ultimo and were to be joined on their way to the rapids of the Miami, by num=bers from the mississippi, Lake Michigan sea, which fully corroborates Colo McKee's letter._ a strong Confederacy is actually forming against us: in the Interin, Mr Simcoe only means to amuse & trifle with our Commissioners until every thing is in perfect readiness & in a proper train to dictate a boundary line or, to "let slip the dogs of war". _ I may possibly be mis-taken; but I fear that the prediction will be found but too true . _
I have the honor to be with respect & esteem

your most obedt.

huml Servt

Wayne

the Honble

Major Genl Knox

Secy of war ._