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Date Title Author Recipient Summary
September 27, 1791 Update on Sons Military Whereabouts Henry Knox Unknown Recipient Letter, informs mother of son's march with army; discusses loss of Knox's son.
May 30, 1794 Expedition against hostile Indians Anthony Wayne Henry Knox Letter to the Secretary of War concerning hostile Indians in the Northwest Territory, particularly those assembled at Roche de Bout at the foot of the Rapids of the Miami of the Lake. Mentions Governor John Graves Simcoe of Upper Canada, who is commanding a force in support of the tribes.
December 13, 1792 Message to be delivered to hostile Indians Henry Knox General Israel Chapin Secretary Knox informs General Chapin that Jasper Parrish, the interpreter, arrived with a letter from Chapin's son, enclosing a message from the hostile Indians and also from the Six Nations. He has set out this day on his return to Canandaigua. Requested that the message to the hostile Indians be forwarded to them immediately.
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.
March 24, 1791 Hostile Intentions of the Western Indians, Etc. Henry Knox Rufus Putnam The hostile intentions of the western Indians seem clear. The recent murder at Beaver Creek of some friendly Indians should be investigated so as to avoid a general Indian war. It is hoped that the impending campaign will produce peace.
July 16, 1794 Detailed Information on Hostile Indians Movement Anthony Wayne Henry Knox Mounted volunteers under Major General Scott and Captain Butler at Fort Washington ordered to Green ville to track the movement of hostile Indians. Escape path given in detail.
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.
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.
February 16, 1793 Instructions for Treating with the Hostile Indians Henry Knox President of the United States Knox provides general ideas on how the Commissioners should treat with the hostile Indians
December 21, 1792 Worthlessness of Peace Council; Necessity of Keeping Force in Readiness Anthony Wayne Henry Knox Wayne proclaims that the terms of the peace council were so demeaning as to render them worthless. More than ever he proposes a state of readiness that will enable the Legion to move against the Indians at the earliest possible time, pending Congressional and public reaction to the affair at Ft. St. Clair.
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.
September 9, 1794 War with the Indians James O'Hara Samuel Hodgdon [Partly illegible] O'Hara discusses a recent battle with the northwestern Indians and observes that the Indians, with all the force that they could possibly collect , were defeated so decisively that he hopes they will be impelled to come forward with overtures for peace.
December 26, 1791 Reports on Failed 1791 Campaign against the Northwestern Indians Henry Knox George Washington Knox sends Washington two reports related to the failed 1791 campaign against the northwestern Indians. The first report deals with the efforts to negotiate peace and the preparations for the campaign and the second is a general discussion of relations with the Indians since the end of the Revolutionary War.
July 11, 1792 State of the Tribes in the Northwest Rufus Putnam Henry Knox Putnam explains the situation with the sundry western tribes, the necessity of protecting frontier inhabitants, and the possible intervention of the British in support of the Indians. If the British intend to support the Indians, they should be confronted by the United States on Lake Erie.
April 24, 1793 Hostile Incursions of White Inhabitants Henry Knox Isaac Shelby Knox warns that any hostile white incursions onto Indian lands north of the Ohio River must be prohibited as they would endanger the proposed treaty negotiations with the hostile Indians.
September 24, 1791 Liklihood of Indians Seeking Peace Henry Knox George Washington Knox informs the President of St. Clair's preparations for the campaign against the Indians. St. Clair is concerned that Butler's force will not arrive before the order to march is given. The Indians are more likely to seek peace if they see sufficient numbers in the US force to diminish their prospects for success in battle against the US.
January 3, 1792 Reimbursement of the State Legislature Thomas Mifflin Henry Knox Mifflin asks Knox how the Pennsylvania state legislature will be reimbursed by the General Government since the state has appropriated funds for the county militias who were called up to protect the frontiers.
May 2, 1795 Recruitment Matters Timothy Pickering William Eaton Letter from the interim Secretary of War on the subject of recruiting. Makes mention of Samuel Huntington, governor of Connecticut.
May 13, 1794 Call for volunteers from Kentucky [not available] Unknown Recipient Cabinet meeting on the subject of affording an auxiliary force to Major General Anthony Wayne for the purpose of enabling him to make a vigorous and offensive campaign against hostile Indians. It is adviced that he be authorized to call for 2000 mounted volunteers from Kentucky, for the period of four months, if he should judge the measure expedient.
November 5, 1794 Peace with hostile Indians Anthony Wayne Unknown Recipient General Anthony Wayne regarding the establishment of a "permanent and lasting peace" between the United States and "hostile tribes of Indians." Talks of a treaty with the Wyandots. Also talks of "some of the bad white people" who have instigated conflict.
June 27, 1792 Conditions of U.S. Treaty with Six Nations Henry Knox Joseph Brandt Formal invitation to Brandt to sit on General Council as Chief of Six Nations. Document explains the U.S. stance on hostile Indians, hopes Brandt will convey sentiments to Indians.
April 24, 1793 Prohibit Incursions into Indian Country Henry Knox Arthur St. Clair Knox emphasizes that during the treaty talks at lower Sandusky, hostile incursions by white citizens into Indian country should be strictly prohibited so as not to impede the peace process.
July 7, 1794 Report of Battle at Fort Recovery; Supposition of British Involvement Anthony Wayne Henry Knox Report of battle at Fort Recovery, on the site of St. Clair's Defeat, with the Indians driven off after 2 days. Reports loss of officers; believes Indians to be low on provisions, but a force of between 1500 and 2000 men. Lists reasons suggesting British militia assisted the Indians in the assault. Notes that the Indians expected to retrieve plunder hidden on the site of St. Clair's defeat,...
1797 Regarding Wilkinson's Request to Lt. Col. Butler for Reinforcements James McHenry Butler Letter to Lt. Col. Butler concerning several companies of the 3rd Regiment. Tells him that Wilkinson has seen intimations of Indians stirring for hostilities in the Northwest, and is looking for reinforcement from Butler's command -- thus he has had boats prepared in Tennessee for the transport of the reinforcements. Asks Butler to send the troops only if he can do without them.
March 8, 1794 Thoughts on Defense submitted to President Washington Alexander Hamilton George Washington Secretary Hamilton ruminates on what he believes is needed to provide an effective defense of the United States. Text is highly illegible