Extract of Letter from James Seagrove Creek Indian Agent, to Constant Freeman

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Date September 28, 1793
Author Name James Seagrove (primary) Location: Fort Fidius
Recipient Name Constant Freeman (primary)
Summary From Fort Fidius reports that frontier militia continue to attempt to disrupt peace efforts with Creeks. Believes he could settle matters with satisfaction if not counteracted by bad conduct of people of Georgia. Reports of party under Colonel Alexander, and another from Green County that killed an Indian and took prisoners. Reports that he has written to Georgia Governor Telfair questioning under what authority these parties are sent out. Expresses frustration at lack of response from Telfair. Indians are waiting at the Oakmulgee to escort Seagrove, Barnard and Aiken into the towns. Will leave next day with guard of Federal Troops. Conduct of Spanish agent has changed to favor United States.
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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 Georgia Governor Telfair; James Seagrove; Creek Indian Agent; Creek Nation; Timothy Barnard; Aiken; Spanish Agent; Georgia Militia; Captain Constant Freeman; Colonel Alexander; ;
Related Places Fort Fidius; Chatoucha River; Georgia; United States; Cussetah Town; ;
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Extract of a letter from James Seagrove Agent of Indian affairs to Constant Freeman dated Fort Fidius 18th September 1793.
"I am most unpleasantly situated with respect to the business I set out on. I find that I am opposed by the armed force of this frontier militia in my endeavors to give them peace. Parties are continually out between this and the Oakmulgie to intercept me or any Indians or Messenger from, or to me; as yet they have not been successful. I have received expresses from the nation since I have been here, and from appearance of matters in that quarter, I am led to believe I can settle matters to satisfaction of the general government, if not counteracted by the bad conduct of the people of Georgia. A party of about one hundred men under command of Colo Alexander, and others went from Green County on the 15th instant and on the 20th entered a small Indian town on the Chataoucha river about forty five miles above the Cussetah town killed one Indian man, brought off as prisoners one man and four women. This information I have received from Tim Barnard who is now here, he had it from two Indians who were sent express after him and overtook him on the road the 17th instant, I cannot find that the white party lost any men I cannot discover by what authority these parties are sent out but I think it very unwarrantable. I have wrote Governor Telfair to put a stop to such practices in his State but as usual I have no reply to my request of any notice taken of so serious an application. There is a number of Indians now waiting for me on
on the Oakmulgee, who came forward with Barnard and Allen to escort me into the towns. I shall have this tomorrow with a guard of Federal troops, and hope to have Colo Gaithers Company as far as the Oakmulgee, from whence I will write you if I have time, by the return of the troops. The conduct of the Spanish agent in the nation is much changed in our favor."