Letter from Timothy Bernard [Barnard] to Major Gaither regarding Cowetas horse thieves and revenge for those killed at Little Oakfuskee Village

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Date October 5, 1793
Author Name Timothy Barnard [Bernard] (primary) Location: Flint River
Recipient Name Henry Gaither (primary)
Summary In addressing horse theft, identifies the Cowetas as the culprits and who will be objects of revenge for those killed at Little Oakfuskee Village. Asks Gaither to warn people to be on guard along the river and avoid unnecessary exposure.
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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 Major Henry Gaither; Timothy Barnard; Bernard; Mr Aikens; Chaves; Cowetas; James Seagrove; Kinnards; Captain Millegan; Creek Nation; Cowetas; ;
Related Places Flint River; Fort Fidius; Altamaha; Little Oakfuskee Village; ;
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Copy of a letter from Timothy Barnard to Major Gaither.
Flint River 5th October 1793.
Sir,

This is the fourth day since i arrived at home. Have had no news from the nation worth relating as yet, but it seems to
to be the general opinion of the Indians that those fellows the Cowetas that stole the horses from the frontiers will be the objects of revenge for those fellows that lost their lives at the little Oakfuskee Village, by the party that went up there. If this should be the case it will be of good effect. Capt. Milligan arrived here yesterday from Georgia forks of Alatamaha and proceeds on to Kinnards in company with Mr. Akins and Chaves. I have given Mr Akin instructions to be here in six days from this, at which time I expect to be ready to send him off with full accounts from the nation, however as no one at present can possibly say what may be the event of this matter that has been done in the nation I think that it would be proper that you give out orders that the people be on their guard, and do not repose themselves on the river, as if any of the relations of the injured tribe should take it in their heads to take satisfaction, injury may be done when not expected, or intended by the nation. You and Major Seagrove will consider this as to both for reasons I need not mention.
I am &C
Taken from the original by James Seagrove
Fort Fideus 16th Octr. 1793}