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Indian Council questions the authority of U.S. Indian Commissioners

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CollectionNew-York Historical Society: Henry O'Reilly Collection view image
CollectionMassachusetts Historical Society: Benjamin Lincoln Papers view image
Document Information
Date July 30, 1793
Author Name Indian Council at the Rapids of the Miami (primary)
Recipient Name Federal Commissioners Treaty at Sandusky (primary)
Summary Speech, discusses boundary line re Treaty of Fort Stanwix; asks for intentions towards boundary line; alludes to White encroachment; questions authority of commissioners based on inability to enforce Treaty of Fort Stanwix
Document Format Document, type undetermined
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Related Places Mouth of Detroit River; Fort Stanwix; River Ohio; United States; Rapids of the Miami; Mouth of Detroit River; ;
Keywords commissioners of the United States; deputies we sent to you did not fully explain our meaning; fully understand the great question we have to ask of you; expect an explicit answer in writing; brothers; boundary line which was run between the white people and us at the treaty of Fort Stanwix; following written message was received from the indian council sitting at the Rapids of the Miami; presented by their deputies; ;
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At the mouth of Detroit River.
July 30. 1793. the following written message was received from the Indian Council sitting at the Rapids of the Miami: being presented by their Deputies.
"To the Commissioners of the United States,
"Brothers, The Deputies we sent to you, did not fully explain our meaningĀ : we have therefore sent others to meet you once more, that you may fully understand the great question we have to ask of you, and to which we expect an explicit answer in writing.
"Brothers, you are sent here by the United States in order to make peace with us the Confederate Indians.
"Brothers, you know very well the Boundary Line which was run between the white people and us, at the Treaty of Fort Stanwix, was the River Ohio.
"Brothers, If you seriously design to make a firm and lasting peace, you will immediately remove all your people from our side of that River.
"Brothers, We therefore ask you, Are you fully authorized by the United States, to continue and firmly fix on the Ohio River as the Boundary Line between your people and ours?
"Done in General Council, at