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Date Title Author Recipient Summary
October 1786 [Speech to Indians]. George Rogers Clark [not available] Speech given by General Clark to the Indians in October 1786.
July 13, 1788 Regarding provisions for Indians and attack by party of Indians Arthur St. Clair Henry Knox Reports on attack by party of Indians. St. Clair notes that it cannot be determined whether this was a wanton act or deliberately committed to embarrass the Councils and obstruct a general peace. Discusses implications of war and questions good faith of Indians.
April 2, 1792 CIRCULAR: Notification of President's Offer to Indians for Peace James Wilkinson Commanding Officer, Militia of Kentucky Notification of President's final offer to hostile Indians for peace, messengers dispatched. Advised against hostilities toward Indians.
July 4, 1791 Speech of the Five Nations of Indians Headmen Five Nations Unknown Recipient Transcript of a speech by Indians of the Five Nations. The speech talks about the turmoil the Indians have undergone. Many wish for peace with the Western Nations as well as with the whites. Captain Brand was sent to extend a peace offering, but instead "raised the tomahawk," and it is the speaker's hope that the Indians may "take it out of his hand."
January 2, 1794 Treaty with Northwestern Indians Henry Knox George Washington The Secretary of War writes the President of the United States concerning a treaty with the Wabash and Northwestern Indians; mentions that most of the principal chiefs of the Wabash Indians who visited Philadelphia died of smallpox afterward.
April 17, 1792 Speech to the Five Nations of Indians at Philadelphia Timothy Pickering Headmen Five Nations Pickering reiterates the offers of peace and friendship with the Indians, and urges them to understand why the United States is warring with the Western Indians, who have killed upwards of 1500 whites. Pickering hopes that they will convince the Western Indians that peace is the best option, and that if they have any complaints regarding the treaties, they will be examined in due course.
September 9, 1797 Cornplanter's Opinions on the Iroquois-New York Land Dispute Cornplanter, Chief of the Senecas Jeremiah Wadsworth Cornplanter speaks of Mr. [Robert?] Morris' continual attempts to continue negotiations with the Indians; opines on U.S.-Indian relations since the war. Calls upon the good relationship between George Washington and the Indians to inspire continued fair dealings.
June 23, 1788 Meeting with the Indians Delayed Arthur St. Clair Henry Knox The meeting of the Indians delayed. Probably will assemble next month. Indians got to Sandusky prepared for war, but stopped and turned back. This a favorable omen. Requests fresh instructions.
April 25, 1800 License to Trade with Indians James McHenry Arthur St. Clair Addressed topic of previous letter from St. Clair regarding trade with Indians. McHenry believed it proper to limit people licensed to trade with Indians to certain towns agreeable to the choice of the most influential chief. Also advised the trader could not follow Indians to hunting grounds.
December 15, 1792 Meeting with Cornplanter, Hostile Indians Henry Knox Anthony Wayne Urged invitation of Cornplanter to visit Wayne to discuss information regarding the Six Nations [of Indians]. Message sent to hostile Indians confirming meeting between United States and Indians.
April 24, 1797 Meeting with the Indians Benjamin Hawkins James McHenry The Indians have only just arrived. The Commissioners plan to meet them in the morning. Hawkins notes some of the concerns of the commissioners and asks for instructions.
November 7, 1792 Treaty with the Wabash Indians, Etc. Henry Knox George Washington Knox reports on the general treaty with the Wabash Indians at which there were 700 Indians present. He notes that Bradshaw has reported on several Indian attacks resulting in the deaths of whites and savages.
August 20, 1792 Overtures of Peace with Indians James Wilkinson General Edward Hand Relayed rumors of peace, but any more mismanaged campaigns against Indians could be disastrous. Discussed current campaign against Indians and referenced a successes and failures with dates.
May 25, 1799 Reducing Provisions to the Indians, Etc. James McHenry Alexander Hamilton McHenry warns that provisions to the Indians should be given with the strictest economy unless their affections are diminished. He worries that the land speculation may anger the Indians but advises patience until the intentions of the Indians are known. The soldiery do not seem distrubed by being obliged to find cockades and loops for their hats.
November 7, 1792 State of Relations with the Indians Henry Knox Congress of the United States Knox provides sundry information to both Houses of Congress on the state of relations with the northern and southern tribes.
November 21, 1799 Discusses Matters of Indians and Compensation James McHenry Samuel Sitgreaves Adds information to previous report. Illegible document--mentions Indians, Georgia. Asks that he refer to the law of compensation and reparation
March 23, 1791 Murder of Friendly Indians Henry Knox Arthur St. Clair General St. Clair is to ensure that those guilty of the murder of friendly Indians are quickly brought to trial and punished. He is to meet with the principal chiefs of the Senacas to assure them that justice will be done and that compensation for loss of property is due the friends and relatives of the deceased Indians.
March 17, 1796 Describing Incidents of Horse Stealing and Threats of Violence Jonathan Cass James Wilkinson Major Cass is describing troubles among the Indians and the inhabitants. The Indians have stolen many horses. Some were returned as a result of imprisoning a Delaware Indian. The Indians have been threatening to take up the tommahawk, and he fears murder is not far away.
May 15, 1799 Discussion of Treaty with Tennessee Indians James McHenry Alfred Moore Refers to a US treaty with Tennessee Indians and necessary legislation.
July 4, 1798 Demand for Goods, Indians to be Present at Treaty David Henley Samuel Hodgdon Mentions receipt of goods and that three to four thousand Indians will attend the treaty.
July 28, 1791 COPY: Enclosed Letters and Extracts from Pickering John Stagg Arthur St. Clair In Secretary of War's absence, Stagg transmitted letters from Pickering who was in the process of negotiating a peace with the hostile Indians.
March 6, 1791 Alarm on the Frontier Isaac Craig Henry Knox Major Craig warms of hostile Indians marauding in the region surrounding Fort Pitt. In one incident, three men and one woman were killed by Indians who called to them in English.
April 19, 1796 Issue of Bread and Whiskey to Miami Indians [not available] [not available] Wilkinson requests bread and whiskey for the Miami Indians.
October 20, 1794 Murder by hostile Indians James O'Hara Samuel Hodgdon James O'Hara, Quartermaster General, discusses sundry accounting matters and laments the unfortunate fall of Robert Elliot, who was killed by the Indians. He has had no communication from the Indians but believes that they must come forward, not withstanding the efforts of their allied incendiaries who are promoting their obstinancy.
May 25, 1799 Writes of Transmission of Contracts and Indians James McHenry Alexander Hamilton Writes of transmission of contracts and activity with the Indians.