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Date Title Author Recipient Summary
June 5, 1791 COPY: Request to Five Nations for Assistance Major General Richard Butler [not available] Request to Five Nations to accompany De Bartzet and Governor St. Clair to deal with hostile western tribes.
July 22, 1792 Peace with Most of the Western Tribes Rufus Putnam Henry Knox Despite the murders of several American officers by Indians, Putnam is still optimistic about the prospects of achieving peace with most of the western tribes, thereby detaching them from the tribes who originated the war.
April 2, 1791 Excerpts of Treaties Establishing the Western Border with the Creek and Cherokee Indians. Henry Knox [not available] Knox's letter establishes that the western boundary of the United States, where it comes into contact with the territory of the Creek and Cherokee Indians, has been firmly established by several treaties the tribes have signed with Georgia and South Carolina. The letter contains excerpts from several of the various treaties to illustrate where boundary lines were considered to have been drawn in...
June 14, 1794 Avoiding a General Indian War Henry Knox Thomas Mifflin Discusses how a proposed move against "the more Western tribes" might provoke the Six Nations; notes that these factors, in addition to "precarious" relations with the Creeks, could well bring on a general Indian war. Mentions ongoing negotiations with European nations whose colonies border the U.S., saying that urgent reasons should be sought after to "embarrass or embroil" [whom is unclear],...
October 17, 1795 Pickering discusses Indian affairs with Chapin Timothy Pickering Israel Chapin Jr Letter, informs re Six Nations annuity; discusses treaty with hostile Western Indians; discusses Wayne's campaign; alludes to British influence on the frontier.
October 16, 1799 Plan to Redistribute Regiments in Western Country and South James McHenry Alexander Hamilton Replies to Hamilton's letter, as per President's instructions. Refers to plan to detail four regiments. Weighs out reduction of fortifications and the redistribution of troops with a reserve force. Outlines duties of army commandant. Seeks information about posts and forces in the Western Country. Works for the least expense. Refers to troops in the South.
August 13, 1792 Grand National Council, Indian Affairs Henry Knox James Wood Advises against disputes with neighboring Indians for fear it will spread to all southern tribes. Result of Grand National Council was peace among Cherokees towards U.S.
December 6, 1792 Report on the Council with the Hostile Western Tribes Henry Knox George Washington Knox reports to the President on the council held between the chiefs of the Six Nations and the chiefs of the hostile western tribes.
1791 Copy of a Speech from Major General Butler to the Five Nations. Major General Richard Butler [not available] War Captains Broken Twig and Big Tree want to return to the Five Nations and advise them to consider about the speech by the Governor of the Western Territory. After years of working as Superintendent of Indian Affairs and helping to establish boundary lines and trade, Butler is distressed that the Nations are talking about war. The United States stands by its assertion to protect the Five...
August 24, 1799 Alarm at the Conduct of the Indians Isaac Craig Samuel Hodgdon Craig discusses his returns and notes his awareness of the fever in Philadelphia. Colonel Hamtramck is on his way to Pittsburgh and will stay through the winter. He has been informed by Governor St. Clair that the inhabitants of the northwestern territory are much alarmed by the recent conduct of the Indian tribes. Two men were recently killed on their way from Kentucky, perhaps by Indians...
May 16, 1795 Proposed Visit of Indian Chiefs Timothy Pickering George Washington Pickering forwards a letter from Governor St. Clair regarding the proposed visit by chiefs of some of the Western Tribes, which Pickering thinks ought to be postponed. He is concerned about the establishment of US forts on the Western frontier.
June 22, 1795 Disputes Among Indians Timothy Pickering William Blount Enclosed copies of Creek talks submitted to Pickering. Disputes between tribes discussed.
July 14, 1792 Escaped Prisoners & Prospects for Peace with Some Tribes Rufus Putnam Henry Knox Knox discusses the prisoners taken captive in October and November who have escaped and made their way to Jefferson. Wells, the new interpreter, was also taken by the Indians when he was 13 by the Eel River Indians and adopted by them. Though they are known as great liars, the Eel River Indians might be disposed to peace along with the Wabash Indians.
May 21, 1792 Alliance of the Southern Indians with the Hostile Western Tribes James Seagrove Alexander McGillivray Seagrove informs McGillivray of the positive nature of the negotiations between the United States and the southern tribes. Many of the Creek headmen agree that the activities of William Bowles are subversive in nature and endanger the peace. Seagrove warns particularly of the danger of the southern Indians allying themselves with the hostile western tribes against the US.
September 3, 1792 Regarding the Indian War Reverend David McClure Henry Knox McClure reflects on some of the effects of the Indian War, including the effect on emigration to the Western Territory. He worries that the pace of settlement will be faster than the transmission of civilized culture.
December 23, 1796 Militia service William Simmons James McHenry Cover letter with explanation for an abstract of an estimate received from David Henley, agent for the War Department in the South-Western Territory for payments made to militia for service under the U. S. government, including service in "Indian Country."
January 20, 1792 Placement of Posts Isaac Craig Henry Knox Details on supplying troops. Personal opinion on location of proposed post to defend frontier. Craig advised a post at Presquilles instead of Canagwa Creek. Noted attributes.
September 5, 1793 Regarding offensive expedition against certain Creek Towns, the legal authority to declare war, the requirement for a formal declaration of war, the effect of European politics, Spain and the Court of Madrid, outrages against Cherokees and the authority of states to come to the aid of one another Henry Knox Governor Edward Telfair From the Secretary of War to Georgia Governor Edward Telfair. Planned offensive expeditions against the Creeks by Georgia militia are a matter of concern for the President of the United States General George Washington. Knox conveys the President's disapproval of Governor Telfair's measures. Knox notes that such an offensive expedition is not authorized by law, and making provisions for its...
March 11, 1795 Extract from Secretary of Treasury to Henley: Policy on government supplies for Indians Alexander Hamilton David Henley Outlines regulations for supplies for Indians. Discusses requirement that purchases be made by contracts or through agents designated by Henley. Mentions that Governor of South Western Territory will direct what stores will be addressed to agents. Details on how to manage accounts and requirement to report to Samuel Hodgdon, Superintendent of Military Stores.
April 22, 1791 Letter from the Reverend Samuel Kirkland to Secretary of War Henry Knox on prospects for war with Western Tribes; the just designs of Congress regarding the Indians; a proposal to send delegation led by Captain Henrick and a Stockbridge Chief Reverend Samuel Kirkland Henry Knox Kirkland recounts his visit to Philadelphia and his discussions with Knox on reaching an accommodation with the Western Indians; he ascribes part of the problem to unprincipled traders and ignorance regarding congress' intent to do justice to the Indians. Discusses idea of Indian leaders visiting Congress, an idea generated by Cornplanter, who believed that the voice of congress would never...
July 8, 1792 Putnam's Report on the Western Indians Rufus Putnam Henry Knox In a detailed report, General Putnam recommends that many of the western tribes can be rendered neutral by careful negotiation and presents and the hostile tribes can be intimidated by a large show of force near Lake Erie.
May 15, 1787 We Are For Peace Speaker of the Seneca Tribes Unknown Recipient A spokesman for the Seneca tribes expresses his desire for peace which requires the Headmen of both the Indians and Whites to control the hostile actions of their young men.
December 2, 1796 Transcript of Talks Between Different Indian Chiefs & Secretary of War on Necessity of Peace Between Tribes James McHenry [not available] McHenry, on behalf of President Washington, advises all the Indians assembled to not go to war with each other. The representatives of the tribes then comment on this advice and on peace-making among themselves; the loss of land, the fate of Indian prisoners held by other tribes, and the shared use of hunting grounds are discussed. Much is made of the union of all the Indian nations as...
October 3, 1791 Lord Dorchester's Letter Alexander Hamilton Henry Knox Hamilton transmits to Knox a copy of a speech of Lord Dorchester in which Dorchester allegedly refuses to provide military support to the Indians but offers to mediate a peace agreement between the Indians and the United States.
September 13, 1785 William Clark, Principal Messenger for the Western District George Rogers Clark William Clark George Rogers Clark and Richard Butler, acting as Commissioners of Indian Affairs, appoint William Clark to serve as the Principal Messenger for the Western District. George Owens is appointed as William Clark's assistant.