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October 24, 1791 Knox copies minutes from Washington's speech Henry Knox [not available] Document, minutes for the President's speech; discusses impartial justice for Indians; mentions system for national militia.
December 5, 1794 Court of Inquiry Henry Knox James Wilkinson Presidential assurance of impartial justice, Wayne to be ordered to direct a court of inquiry relative to any subject Wilkinson suggests. Requests specifics to charges Wilkinson filed against Wayne.
March 28, 1791 Assurances of Justice Henry Knox Arthur St. Clair Knox stresses the need to assure the Seneca Chiefs that the murderers of the friendly Indians will be brought to justice and that liberal compensation for the loss of property will be provided to the friends and relations of the deceased.
May 13, 1786 Report of Congressional Committee Congress of the United States [not available] Report of a committee of Congress on the report submitted by Secretary at War Knox on the Army's Articles of War and Courts Martial. Lays out regulations for the Army courts martial and the administration of justice
March 19, 1796 Recommendation Based on Experience James McHenry [not available] Requests assistance based on personal experience.
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.
June 8, 1796 Defense against charges of misconduct Lieut. Simon Geddes James McHenry Lieutenant Geddes writes McHenry a defense against charges brought against him, claiming that he has been treated unjustly and demanding the he receive a fair and impartial trial.
February 15, 1793 Acceptance of Putnam's Resignation Henry Knox Rufus Putnam Knox conveys the President's reluctant acceptance of General Putnam's resignation and thanks the general for his successful pacification of the Wabash Indians.
October 31, 1791 Response of the Senate to Washington's Message Senate of the United States George Washington The Senate's reponse to Washington's message of 10/15/1791 in which they express their satisfaction with the welfare and progress of the nation, with particular regard for the success of the campaign against the western Indians. They promise their prompt consideration of the President's recommendations.
July 19, 1793 Case of Henry Knox regarding the Appointment of a Captain Henry Knox [not available] Request (and subsequent receipt) of decision on matter of seniority of officers based on several recently passed acts of Congress that dictated benefits of officers.
July 4, 1798 Details on the Wounding of Peaceful Creek Indians Benjamin Hawkins James McHenry Creek Indians injured by residents of Oconee, Hawkins provided monetary compensation in order to preserve peace, but civil magistrates doubt they can bring the offenders to justice.
June 16, 1796 Indian Negotiations Benjamin Hawkins James McHenry Enclosed correspondence b/w Hawkins, Clymer, Pickens, and Commissioners of Georgia. Negotiations with Indians began the previous day, large number of representatives present at council. Chiefs have confidence in the justice of "our Government."
July 26, 1791 Wilcox recommends Houston to Knox Samuel Wilcox Henry Knox Letter, recommends John Houston.
September 24, 1789 Talk of the Commissioners to the Chiefs, Head-men, and Warriors of the Creek Nation Commissioners for Indian Affairs in Southern Department [not available] Reference to calamities of late war with Great Britain; how the United States has recovered and obtained liberty and independence; that the United States is at peace and its numbers are increasing. The Union has grown to manhood and can speak with a louder voice and strike with a stronger arm. Refers to General Washington as the head man of all councils and chief of all warriors. Discusses the...
January 29, 1799 The Justice of My Present Request Samuel Osborne James McHenry Osborne explains the circumstances which caused him to be placed under arrest for disobeying a senior officer. He wants to be tried by senior officers and not by his peers.
March 28, 1791 Friendly Indians Killed at Beaver Creek Henry Knox Seneca Chiefs Knox assures the Seneca Chiefs that the President had nothing to do with the recent murder of friendly Indians. He will ensure that Samuel Brady and the others responsible for this reprehensible deed will be brought to justice and punished. Compensation for lost horses and other property will be provided to the friends and relations of the deceased.
September 26, 1792 Changing Attitudes of Indian Chiefs, Possibility of War William Blount Henry Knox Enclosed information on J. Deraque and R. Finnelson given under oath witnessed by R. Hays, justice of the peace. Also discussed change in attitude of Indian chiefs and how to obtain men for service in military. Believed Gen. Pickens a good choice for officer to command troops against Indians.
November 20, 1792 Preserving the Peace & Preparing for War Governor Edward Telfair Henry Knox Telfair discusses the steps he has taken to bring to justice the offenders who murdered friendly Cherokees. He warns Knox that if the endeavors to preserve the peace are not successful, the federal government must provide the additional resources needed to defend against marauding Indians.
August 26, 1793 Knox to Governor Blount expressing President of United States General George Washington's concern regarding inroads by whites into peaceable part of Cherokee Nation Henry Knox William Blount Knox informs Southwest Territorial Governor Blount that President Washington is concerned about late violent and lawless inroads made by whites into peaceable parts of Cherokee Nation. President Washington wants Blount to use his highest exertions to bring to perpetrators to justice. Knox expresses Washington's commitment to moderation and justice with regard to the Indians. Asks Blount to take...
May 6, 1795 Captain Chapin discusses Indian affairs with Pickering Israel Chapin Jr Colonel Pickering Letter, discusses appointment to Superintendant of Affairs to the Six Nations; describes business conduct of the late General Israel Chapin; encloses extract of letter from Capt. Brant.
May 31, 1791 Implementation of the Treaty Henry Knox Alexander McGillivray Knox disccusses the implementation of the recent treaty with the Creek Indians and warns General McGillivray against taking revenge against the whites who murdered a Cussetah Indian. He emphasizes that the Creeks should return all prisoners and should appoint three chiefs to supervise the running of the boundary lines.
January 4, 1792 Resignation of General Harmar Henry Knox Josiah Harmar Knox accepts, upon behalf of the President, the resignation of General Harmar but assures the general that the President regrets the loss of his service to the public.
September 11, 1784 Letter of introduction and widow's benefits James F. Armstrong John Pierce James Armstrong sends John Pierce a letter of introduction carried by Mrs. Vergereau. The letter explains her claims to widow's benefits.
February 28, 1796 Appointment as Indian Commissioner George Washington James McHenry Requests attention to the proposed treaty with the Indians and the work of Mr. Morris. Seeks his advice with Col. Pickering based on his experience in Indian affairs. Hopes to appoint a gentleman from Delaware, New Jersey, Maryland, or Connecticut. Would like to meet with Mr. Learned or Mr. Dexter while they are in town.
September 29, 1795 Speech by Indian Chief to U.S. Commissioner at Fort George, 09/29/1795. Unknown Iroquois Chief [not available] Thanks U.S. commissioners for their determination to do justice by the Indians. Confirms that the Indians' claim is just, and appeals to the Americans' Christianity to ensure that they continue to deal justly. Affirms wish for love and friendship between the two peoples, unto future generations -- and says that this example should be followed by all Indians. Says that word the U.S.'s just...