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April 22, 1800 No. 88 [Protection of the Frontiers] Claiborne House of Representatives Poorly kept records at trading posts in Georgia and Tennessee cannot show that trade with Indian caused a loss in capital for the U.S. The House therefore recommends that additional capital be extended to the trading posts in order to further trade until records can provide conclusive evidence of loss or gain.
1795 Instructions for the Factor Unknown Author Edward Price Outlines the duties of Edward Price, the newly appointed Factor for the trading post on the St. Mary's River in Georgia.
November 26, 1795 Master of a Trade House to Serve the Indians of the Southwestern Territory Timothy Pickering James Byers Secretary Pickering appoints James Byers as the factor of a trading house in the Southwestern Territory, which has been established by Congress as the second of two experimental trading posts set up to supply the Indians with goods. Sets forth instructions on the running of the post, covering pricing, the objective of maintaining friendship with the Indians, medium of exchange (money or peltries...
May 21, 1799 The House of Panton and Leslie of Pensacola James McHenry Alexander Hamilton Requests Hamilton to issue orders to military stationed near the recently vacated lands of the Spanish that allow traders to peaceably collect debts owed them.
February 20, 1798 Fur Trade Edward Price James McHenry Furs trading prices and number of furs recounted, Indians dissatisfied with price from October. No money to pay the Indians.
November 11, 1796 Duties With Respect to the Indian Trading Houses James McHenry John Harris Instructions given by McHenry to John Harris that define Harris's duties as Keeper of Military Stores, particularly as they relate to the Indian Trading Houses.
March 30, 1796 Establishing trading houses on the western frontier Thomas Dillon James McHenry Thomas Dillon expresses his wish to open up a trading house in Knoxville on the western frontier, in order to open up trade with the Indians. Since Congress has appropriated $150,000 for the purpose of establishing trading houses, Dillon asks to be appointed.
June 15, 1797 Reports Indian Trading Edward Price James McHenry Since arriving, they have been busy engaging shipping of supplies to Philadelphia and seeking Indian goods. Discusses shipping. Writes about Indian habits at trading posts.
November 26, 1795 Master of Trade House to Serve the Creek Indians of Georgia Timothy Pickering Edward Price Secretary Pickering appoints Edward Price as the factor of a trading house on the St. Mary's River, GA, which has been established by Congress to supply the Creek Indians with goods. Sets forth instructions on the running of the post, covering pricing, the objective of maintaining friendship with the Indians, medium of exchange (money or peltries [pelts] only), whom to contact in the Georgia...
February 27, 1800 Evaluating the Indian Trading House at Georgia James McHenry Edward Wright McHenry wants to be furnished with information that will enable him to evaluate the Indian Trading House in Georgia. He requests inventories, accounts, and detailed statements that will show whether or not the business has diminished or improved.
April 26, 1788 Preparation for Indian Treaty; Reports Indian Trading Efforts Josiah Harmar Henry Knox Expresses frustration that Tardiveau has not delivered the letter. Describes his travels and explains Nicholson's intelligence about how the Indians will approach the treaty with the intent to establish the border on the Ohio River. Reports Ensign Spear's duty to collect the commissioner's goods from the Rapids of the Ohio. Plans for arrival of Governor of the Western Territory and the...
December 5, 1796 Accounts of the Trading Houses with the Indian Tribes James McHenry James Byers Enclosed are forms established by the Treasury Department for the governing of agents or factors in keeping their accounts, specifically those appointed under the Act of Congress entitled "An act for establishing trading-houses with the Indian tribes."
November 26, 1795 Directions for the Factor of the Southern Trading Posts Timothy Pickering James Byers Pickering provides detailed instructions for James Byers, the new factor of the southern trading posts, and emphasizes the General Government's policy of treating the Indians with fairness and benevolence.
August 14, 1795 Provisions and Housing for Supplies Isaac Craig Timothy Pickering Disappointed with quantity of provisions delivered by Gen. Wilkins, since beef on hand was in state of putrification. Craig was forced to purchase goods from trading boat to avoid embarrassment. Craig noted the transport of supplies from Fort Franklin to Fort Le Boeuf and state of disrepair of fort. Advised building store house at mouth of French Creek.
March 8, 1797 Proceeds from Indian Trading Houses James McHenry Samuel Meredith McHenry asks Meredith to establish a separate account to be comprised of proceeds sent from Indian Trading Houses. An account should be created under the head, "War Department Indian Factories" and no part of it should be withdrawn but on a warrant from the Secretary of War.
December 21, 1796 President's Reply to Concerns of the Choctaw Delegation of December 16 James McHenry Chiefs of the Chickasaw Nation James McHenry responds on behalf of the president, saying that he does not know if the boundaries described by the Choctaw chief are the same ones decided upon in the Treaty of Hopewell, but that he will consider them; that he will always endeavor to keep whites off the Indians' land, but that the garrisons in Choctaw country will still be manned, to achieve this enforcement; that U.S. trading...
November 12, 1796 Request for Assistance Unknown Author James McHenry Due to requests made by McHenry, the author requested a clerk to assist him in his duties.
February 24, 1796 Trade, Frontier, and Relations with Spain Edward Price James McHenry Discussed trade of skins and furs with Indians, noted Spain as principal rival of U.S.
November 11, 1798 Letter to the Secretary at War on establishment of Indian trading houses on Mississippi to counter France and Spain aims in region John McKee James McHenry McKee informs the Secretary at War that the prompt establishment of Indian trading houses on the Mississippi will prohibit French and Spanish agents from opposing the aims of the U.S. Government in the region.
April 30, 1798 Steady Supply of Goods to Trading Post Edward Price James McHenry Advice to maintain steady supply of goods for trade with the Indians so as not to have trade with Indians compromised by Mr. Seagrove, current competitor. Motivation for trade is to promote friendship between Indians and United States.
July 7, 1789 Report on the Chickasaws and Choctaws Henry Knox George Washington Knox views the substantial distance of the Chickasaws and Choctaws from frontier settlements as the principle reason that few complaints regarding white encroachments have thus far been lodged. Knox notes that Chickasaws and Choctaws are "represented as candid, generous, brave, and honest" and have placed themselves under the protection of the United States and no other sovereign.
April 4, 1798 Enclosed Letter Edward Price James McHenry Enclosed correspondence of Col. Hawkins regarding the personal store of Mr. Bi[annant] on Indian territory.
October 15, 1797 Petitioning to allow trade to continue at the Ottawa towns Leith, Shepherd and Duff James Wilkinson Leith, Shepherd and Duff are petitioning Wilkinson to allow a trading house to remain in the Ottawa towns. The current clerk at the town, James McDonald, has been charged with dishonorable conduct, and the petitioners offer that Leith shall oversee the trading house until a suitable replacement is found. The three men realize they do not possess the necessary license from the government, and so...
September 3, 1799 Cover Letter, Request for Goods Edward Wright John Harris Cover letter forwrding a letter from Colonel Benjkamin Hawkins. Also mentions that the Indians at the Fort Wilkinson trading post are most in need of powder, flints, and blankets.
December 12, 1795 Report of the Secretary of War of the measures taken for opening a trade with the Indians. Henry Knox [not available] Details on allocation of funds to be expended to foster trade with Indians along with speculation on why peace with Indians occurred. Pickering felt that none of the Indian tribes would benefit from the trade agreements forged with the U.S. Believed that trading posts needed to be established on the Mississippi river.