Transcriptions closed on May 15, 2018. Read more details here.

U.S. & Indian Differences Regarding Ohio River Boundary Irreconcilable; War Will Continue

Sources & Images
Source Name Image(s)
CollectionClements Library: Jonathan Cass Papers view image
Document Information
Date August 16, 1793
Author Name Commissioners for Indian Affairs in the Northern Department (primary)
Recipient Name Northwestern Indian Chiefs (primary)
Summary The Indians have acknowledged the receipt of the recent treaty commissioners' speech, which declared that the U.S.-Indian Boundary could no longer be the Ohio; the Indians have stated that they will accept no other boundary. The commissioners now state that the negotiations are now ended, and the war will go on.
Document Format Document Signed
Document Notes The Indians in question are the Wyandots, Delawares, Shawanees [Shawnees], Miamis, Poutawatomies, Ottawas, Connoys, Chippewas, and Munseys, under the aegis of a Confederacy now assembled at the [Great?] Miami River rapids.
Content Notes [not available]
Related Persons/Groups Benjamin Lincoln; Beverley Randolph; Timothy Pickering; Chiefs and Warriors; Indian Nations; deputies; Captain Elliot; Commissioners; ;
Related Places Miami Rapids; Ohio River; Captain Elliot's; Detroit River; ;
Keywords boundary; negotiation; peace; ;
Key Phrases [not available]
Transcription

[Note: Transcriptions are works in progress and maybe partial. Please help us correct any errors or omissions by signing up for a transcription account.]
To the Chiefs and Warriors of the Indian Nations assembled at the foot of the Miami Rapids--

Brothers. We have just received your answer, dated the 13th inst, to our speech of the thirty first of last month, which we delivered to your Deputies at this place. You say it was interpreted to all your nations: and w presume it was fully understood. We therein explicitly declared to you that it was now impossible to make the River Ohio the boundary between your lands & the lands of the United States. Your answer amounts to a declaration that you will agree to no other boundary than the Ohio. The negotiation is therefore at an end--

We sincerely regret that Peace is not the result; but knowing the upright & liberal views of the United States, which as far as you gave us opportunity, we have explained to you, we trust that impartial judges will not attribute the continuance of the war to them--

Done
Done at Captain Elliots, at the mouth of Detroit River, the Sixteenth day of August 1793

B. Lincoln B Wesley Randolph Timothy Pickering } Commissioners of the United States