George Washington Papers

From George Washington to the United States Senate, 11 January 1790

To the United States Senate

United States [New York]

Gentlemen of the Senate,January 11th, 1790.

Having advised with you upon the terms of a treaty to be offered to the Creek Nation of Indians,1 I think it proper you should be informed of the result of that business, previous to its coming before you in your legislative capacity.

I have therefore directed the Secretary for the Department of War, to lay before you my instructions to the Commissioners, and their report in consequence thereof.2

The apparently critical state of the southern frontier will render it expedient for me to communicate to both Houses of Congress, with other papers, the whole of the transactions relative to the Creeks, in order that they may be enabled to form a judgement of the measures which the case may require.

Go: Washington

LS, DNA: RG 46, First Congress, Records of Executive Proceedings, President’s Messages—Indian Relations; LB, DLC:GW.

2See GW to the Commissioners to the Southern Indians, 29 Aug. 1789. For the enclosures to GW’s letter of 11 Jan. to the Senate, see DHFC description begins Linda Grant De Pauw et al., eds. Documentary History of the First Federal Congress of the United States of America, March 4, 1789-March 3, 1791. 20 vols. to date. Baltimore, 1972—. description ends , 2:202–41, or ASP, Indian Affairs, description begins Walter Lowrie et al., eds. American State Papers. Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States. 38 vols. Washington, D.C., Gales and Seaton, 1832–61. description ends 1:65–80.

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