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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.
June 23, 1796 Extract of a Letter from the Secretary of War to David Henley James McHenry David Henley Notes protocol to be followed regarding compensation for injuries sustained due to interaction with Indians. Enclosed copy of act "to regulate trade and intercourse."
April 25, 1800 Enclosed Letters on Indian Affairs James McHenry David Henley McHenry enclosed copies of agreement with Indians (Indian Intercourse Act) for keeping peace, request for documents to be forwarded.
February 10, 1792 Indian Attacks and Employment of Spies Henry Knox John Jeffers Discussion over attacks from Allegheny Indians. Advised seeking help from Big Tree and other Indians that would defend the U.S. Promised support and supplies from U.S. for all involved. Advised employment of scouts from Fort Franklin to Fort McIntosh with movement to Lake Erie. Request for returns.
July 13, 1791 His Death Was the Consequence of His Actions Henry Knox Alexander McGillivray Knox regrets the murder by whites of an Indian horse thief but reminds McGillivray that a similar fate would have awaited a white man who committed the same crime. He warns McGillivray against any retaliation against these whites and urges that the family of the dead Indian be compensated at the expense of the United States.
July 25, 1794 [No. 24] Happiness Henry Knox Isaac Craig Letter to be forwarded to President. Lamented happiness is sacrificed for the "black p[ers]ons". Hopes just and right actions will be taken. Noted medicine would be forwarded.
September 4, 1790 Cover Letter to An Act to Regulate Trade and Intercourse with the Indian Tribes Henry Knox Arthur St. Clair Knox's cover letter to Arthur St. Clair regarding the new act to regulate trade with the Indians, which states that no fees related to trade are authorized.
December 18, 1798 Waiting for Orders Samuel Hodgdon James McHenry Hodgdon reminds McHenry that Mr. Annelly and the other men are still waiting for orders to go to their new post. An advance has been requested that will allow them and their families to proceed.
September 10, 1795 Official Statement of Situation Between St. Regis [Iroquois] Indians & New York, Affirmation of Wadsworth as U.S. Commissioner, & Law Under Which the Treaty is to Be Made Timothy Pickering Jeremiah Wadsworth Certificate of commissioner. Describes treaty situation -- the President has determined to hold a treaty with the St. Regis & other Indians claiming lands in northern New York, to allow negotiations between the Indians and the state to determine compensation for those lands -- and notifies any reader of Wadsworth's official appointment to hold this treaty, as commissioner. States that the...
April 12, 1796 Supplying the Indians Without an Intermediary James McHenry Edward Price McHenry declares that supplying the Indians without an intermediary entails difficulties that are not insurmountable. It is hoped that gradually intercourse with the Indians will become more friendly so that they will become the sellers of their own peltry and buyers of the articles they want in return.
April 28, 1792 Punish Hostile Indians with Extreme Severity Henry Knox General Israel Chapin Knox expresses to General Israel Chapin the wish of the President for an accord with the western Indians. However, if every effort is made by the United States to pacify the Indians and depredations on the frontier still continue, war will be inevitable.
October 25, 1791 State of the Union Message, 1791 George Washington Congress of the United States President George Washington's [State of the Union] message to the the Senate and the House of Representatives in which he talks of many issues, particularly the state of relations with the Indians, the establishment of a permanent seat of government, and the means of disposing of the national debt.
December 3, 1793 Fifth Annual Address to Congress by the President George Washington Congress of the United States This is President Washington's fifth annual address to the Congress of the United States, now called the "State of the Union" address. He discusses foreign relations particularly in regard to the war in Europe and its effect on American intercourse, Indian affairs with the northern and southern tribes, and payment on the debt to Holland.
September 9, 1796 Instructions to Army Officer Commanding In Georgia, Relative to Relations with the Indians James McHenry Constant Freeman Instructs the presiding U.S. Army officer in Georgia (Major Constant Freeman) in his powers, relating to the sending of a new Indian agent to manage trade & intercourse with the Creek, Choctaw, and Chickasaw Indians. These include the granting of permits to those doing business with the Indians, the sending of quarterly returns to report on all such people and their respective businesses, the...
April 23, 1792 Policy Toward the Five Nations George Washington [not available] United States policy toward the Five Nations: This document authorizes money to be spent on clothing, domestic animals, implements of husbandry, and for encouraging useful artificers among the Indians of the Five Nations.
February 25, 1792 Invitation by President to Visit Philadelphia Henry Knox Joseph Brandt Reiteration of invitation to visit Philadelphia to discuss welfare of Indians.
April 20, 1799 Points of Understanding between Great Britain and the United States Timothy Pickering [not available] Pickering and his colleagues list seven regulations agreed upon by Britain and the United States regarding relations and commercial intercourse with the Haitian government of St. Domingo. Of particular concern was the effect of the Haitian slave rebellion upon slaves in the United States and the British colonies.
March 3, 1796 Request for Expenditure Estimate Before Issuing Advance William Simmons James McHenry Explains reasons for suspending advance requested by Hodgdon: requires estimate for expenditure, which should be provided prior to any advance.
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...
March 10, 1794 Indians' Intentions; Inadequacy of Troops' Clothing; Plans to Advance Anthony Wayne Henry Knox Major General Anthony Wayne mentions the capture of two Delaware Indians, who reported recent council among the hostile Indians to consider Wayne's proposals, and seemed inclined to return the white prisoners and send another envoy to Wayne. Wayne believes this all to be a fictitious ruse, as no direct communication has occurred. Mentions complete inadequacy of soldiers' hats and shoes. ...
February 15, 1793 Peace with the Southwestern Indians Henry Lee James Wood Governor Lee concludes that since peace appears to be at hand with the southwestern tribes, it will not be necessary to call additional forces into service.
April 1, 1799 Making Amends for the Loss of Kentucky Horses, Etc. John Francis Hamtramck James McHenry Along with a discussion of the opening for navigation of several rivers, Hamtramck explains the measures that should be taken to punish Indians for the theft of a number of horses in Kentucky.
September 9, 1796 Instructions to Army Officer Commanding in Tennessee, Relative to Relations to the Indians James McHenry David Henley Instructs the U.S. Army officer commanding in Tennessee in how to coordinate enforcement of the recent act to regulate trade and intercourse with the Indians with the new Indian agent for the region, Silas Dinsmoor.
May 7, 1794 Regarding Kentucky Volunteers, Garrisons, Contractors' Dishonesty, & Plans to Advance Anthony Wayne Henry Knox Thanks Knox for transmitting the President's commendation. Discusses payment of Kentucky volunteers. Notes troops who will be sent to establish a post at Massac. Notes that the garrisons in his rear are made up of invalids, to free more effective troops for the advance. Notes repeated inadequacy and lies of rations contractors. Citing their dishonesty, plans to take supplying the Legion entirely...
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.