Information Regarding Diplomatic Situation Surrounding Enforcement of Treaty of Madrid (U.S.-Spanish Florida Border)

Item

Type

Autograph Letter Signed

Title

Information Regarding Diplomatic Situation Surrounding Enforcement of Treaty of Madrid (U.S.-Spanish Florida Border)

Description

James McHenry expresses hope that Isaac Guion has distributed annual presents to the Chickasaws; notes that Spanish officers have obstructed enforcement of the treaty in the U.S.-Spanish Florida border region, but opines that they have been doing so out of fear of a British invasion down the Mississippi. Reiterates that the President and Secretary of War have issued orders to Guion and Wilkinson aimed only at executing the treaty. Directs Guion to leave a small detachment at Chickasaw Bluffs, if necessary, to prevent the Spanish from re-occupying it; registers alarm that citizens of the region have armed themselves and declared independence from Spain, though Spain's jurisdiction over them theoretically ceased some time before.

year created

1797

month created

09

day created

22

author

sent from location

Near Downings Town

recipient

in image

note

Cited in McHenry to Guion, 09/29/1797.

cited note

Cited document sent from the War Office

notable person/group

Isaac Guion
James McHenry
Chickasaws
Spanish
English
President
Secretary of War
Wilkinson

notable location

Downings Town
Chickasaw Bluffs
Mississippi
Florida

notable idea/issue

fear of invasion
enforcing treaty
border disputes
armed citizens

document number

1797092200101

page start

1

number of pages

7

Document instances

In image In source Location in source
[view document] (8 pages) EWD14 (8 pages) Collection: Clairborne (JFH) Collection Guion Ltrs + Papers, B: 10

Document names

Type Name Location Notes
Author James McHenry Near Downings Town [n/a]
Recipient Isaac Guion [unknown] [n/a]