United States January 8 1798
Gentlemen of the Senate
The Situation of Affairs between Some of the Citizens of the United States and the Cherokee Indians, has evinced the Propriety of holding a Treaty with that Nation, for the purpose of extinguishing by Purchase, their Right to certain parcells of Land, and <
for> adjusting and Settling other Points relative to the Safety and Conveniency of our Citizens.
With this View <
and for these [Ends]> I nominate Fisher Ames of Dedham in the State of Massachusetts
Bushrod Washington of Richmond in the State of Virginia, and
Alfred Moore of North Carolina to be Commissioners of the United States with full Powers to hold Conferences and Conclude a Treaty with the Said Cherokee Nation of Indians for the Purposes before mentioned.
MHi: Adams Papers.