James Seagrove report to Captain Constant Freeman on visit with Creeks, and instances of resistance to visit in Georgia countryside,

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Date September 11, 1793
Author Name James Seagrove (primary) Location: Fort Fidius
Recipient Name Constant Freeman (primary)
Summary Writing from Fort Fidius, James Seagrove, Creek Indian agent, in a defiant tone, reports that he persists in his plans to meet with the Creeks, despite plans meditated for his destruction by some on the Georgia frontier. Met up with Captain Dickinson and twenty continental troops detached in order to provide security for Seagrove and his party against Georgia inhabitants. Arrived at Ft Fidius 9 September. Out in the country there is strong resistance to Seagrove's efforts to meet with Creeks. Instances of public declarations of opposition; including one instance of men appearing at Ft. Fidius forbidding anyone from visiting Creek Nation. Seagrove dispatching Aiken and the negro to meet the Indians and coordinate visit. No time for any more particulars; writing to let Freeman know what a blessed situation he is in.
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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 Constant Freeman; James Seagrove; Negro; Mr Aiken; Captain Dickinson; Georgia Militia; Continental Troops; Federal troops; Creek Nation; Georgia; Colonel Gaither; horse thieves; ;
Related Places Fort Fidius; ;
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James Seagrove to Constant Freeman
Fort Fidius 11th September 1793
Dear Freeman,
I have this moment heard of a waggon going to Augusta, and therefore shall just tell you that we all got safe here notwithstanding the plans mediated for my destruction. I was informed while in Augusta, that it was determined I should not reach this place alive. "that I was a most dangerous man, that I was taking measures to keep this country in peace. This may be considered by some a crime of the deepest dye, but as such I did not conceive it, and therefore am determined to persue my directions to that affect. We got on very quietly and without any great danger until within thirty miles of this station when we were met by Capt. Dickinson with twenty continental troops, detached by the officers in consequence of information that parties of villains were out on the road determined to destroy Colo Gaither & myself.
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The officers here had, I have occasion to think just grounds for their fears for their safety. We however left the troops, and arrived at the garrison about 7 o'clock on the 9th inst. I found every body here well, but the Country round in a most determined state of opposition to all federal measures. There is several parties of horsemen out to prevent my having any intercourse with the Indians. They publickly declare they will oppose every attempt that can be made to peace. Some parties of Horse have actually had the insolence to appear before the garrison and forbid any person going to the nation. I shall however dispatch Aken and the black fellow this evening to go forward to meet the Indians and know their determination. I do not yet know whether or not the Indians are coming to meet us. I have not time to be particular. I give you this uncorrected line just to let you see what a blessed situation I am placed in.
I am Sir &c
James Seagrove