From Daniel Smith
Southwest Territory, 4 Oct. 1791. Letter of 12 Aug. to William Blount is received in his absence.—Provides answers to questions TJ asked relating to boundaries of Indian claims.—Rumors that Zachariah Cox has established a settlement on the Tennessee River are untrue. The Chickasaws permitted him to set up a post solely to trade with them. His acquittal by the Superior Court has encouraged others to think they can settle in that territory contrary to law. He has published a proclamation forbidding such incursions into the territory and enjoining those already there from aiding them.
RC (DNA: RG 59, SWT M-471/1; full text in Carter, Terr. Papers description begins Clarence E. Carter, ed., The Territorial Papers of the United States, Washington, 1934–1962, 26 vols. description ends , iv, 83–4); 2 p.; endorsed by TJ as received 24 Oct. 1791 and so recorded in SJL.