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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
August 26, 1793 Instructions from President of United States General George Washington to Governor Blount on late violent inroads by white settlers from the southwestern territory into the Cherokee Nation Henry Knox William Blount In this letter to William Blount, Governor of Southwest Territory, Knox conveys President Washington's concerns about white inroads onto peaceable parts of Cherokee lands. President Washington asks that Blount ensure that white perpetrators be brought to justice. Warns Blount that efforts at peace, moderation and justice will be in vain unless crimes are punished. Treaties will be at an end, and...
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...
October 20, 1798 Desire for Moderation and Peace, Etc. James McHenry Timothy Pickering Although it seems that the French are expressing a desire for moderation and peace, McHenry argues that it is too early to relax America's efforts to bolster its fleets and armies. One might expect that increased prospects of peace would diminish the election prospects of anti-federal characters but it should be remembered that local concerns have the greatest impact on voters' choices.
March 10, 1792 Letter Signed, Henry Knox to James Wilkinson Henry Knox James Wilkinson Letter, discusses frontier protection; discusses Indians and Indian warfare; mentions Treaty of Muskingum of 1789.
December 24, 1793 Six Nations' Request for a Boundary Henry Knox Sachems, Chiefs, & Warriors of the Six Nations Knox expresses his gratitude to the head-men of the Six Nations for their assistance in the unsuccessful effort to obtain peace with the hostile Indians. The good feelings toward the Six Nations will affect the response of the United States to their request for a new boundary line to which there are strong objections. It is hoped that a compromise can be reached.
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...
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.
September 19, 1790 [COPY] Notification to British of Peaceful Intentions Arthur St. Clair Major Murray St. Clair, having been commanded to do so by President Washington, notified Major Murray that the expedition west was to handle hostile Indians and the United States held only a peaceful disposition toward Great Britain and all her possessions. Design is to humble and chastise some of the savage tribes, whose depredations have become intolerable, and whose cruelties have become an outrage.
October 27, 1794 Relations with hostile Indians Henry Knox Arnoldus Vanderhorst Summary of hostile Cherokee and Chicamagua tribe actions and designs along the Tennessee River. Relations with United States and various tribes. Notes that Congress would be in session and discussed process of declaring war.
June 27, 1792 Knox's Invitation to a Chief of the Six Nations to the General Government Henry Knox [not available] The recipient, a chief of the Six Nations, is invited to the seat of the US Government to hear the US policy towards the hostile and non-hostile Indian tribes. The US hopes to disabuse the hostile tribes, especially the Miami, Wabash, and Shawnee, of the idea that the US is trying to steal land. They hope that the chiefs will help to communicate the following points to the hostile tribes: the US...
July 13, 1791 Full and Entire Pacification with the Creeks Henry Knox Governor Edward Telfair Knox stresses to Governor Telfair the importance of supporting the policy of the United States to continue the pacification of the Creek Indians and the other southern tribes. He reminds the Governor that three citizens of Georgia should be appointed to join three Creek chiefs in supervising the drawing of the new boundary lines.
April 27, 1793 Secretary of War Addresses the Chickasaw Nation Henry Knox Chiefs of the Chickasaw Nation Mentions meeting in Sandusky for peace treaty. Notified Chickasaws that they can obtain wanted arms, ammunition, and corn from the General of the Army at Fort Washington.
October 13, 1791 The President's Apprehension Henry Knox Major General Richard Butler Knox expresses his wish that the operations of the army on the frontier will be successful. He warns of the apprehension of the President with regard to the detention of the troops on the upper parts of the Ohio River which he fears may diminish the opportunity for success.
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.
February 28, 1795 Enclosed Results from Conference at Greenville Timothy Pickering Bartholomew Dandridge Orders to hand enclosed letter and papers to President. Enclosures are results from Conference at Greenville which will be followed by Treaty of Greenville around the 15th of next June in1796. Remaining hostile tribes would like to pursue peace.
October 29, 1792 [PRIVATE] Indian Treaties Winthrop Sargent Henry Knox Capt. Mayette to deliver letter of introduction, has been commissioned based on recommendations from the Governor. Mentioned taking sides, Mayette's influence with the Indians, possible payoff from British and Spanish. Discussed purchasing additional people for increasing American influence over hostile Indian tribes. Imparts personal preference for Indian treaties.
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.
July 12, 1794 Hold Hostilities in Abeyance Pending Negotiations John Jay Alexander Hamilton Jay tells Hamilton that all hostilities between the U.S. and Britain should be held in abeyance until the present negotiations between the two countries are concluded. Current positions on the frontier should be held, prisoners should be released, and captured property restored.