From Henry Knox
War Department, July 25th 1793
I have the honor to submit the information and opinion of General Pickens, relatively to the Creek indians.1 If there should be any other points, on which it would be necessary to request his information or opinion, he will be ready to afford the same.2 I have the honor to be, Sir, with the highest respect, Your most obedt Servt
LS, DLC:GW; LB, DLC:GW. GW received this letter and its enclosure on 25 July (JPP description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed. The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797. Charlottesville, Va., 1981. description ends , 207).
1. For the information provided by Gen. Andrew Pickens, see the enclosure below. A resident of South Carolina, Pickens was a veteran of expeditions against the Cherokees during the Revolutionary War and an experienced negotiator with the Indians after the war. On his current presence in Philadelphia, see William Moultrie to GW, 11 July, and note 1.
2. GW returned this letter and its enclosed report to Knox and Pickens on 26 July, along with a letter requesting additional information. GW invited both men, as well as the governor of the Southwest Territory, William Blount, to dine with him on 27 July, “in order to have an opportunity of conversing” upon the expedition proposed against the Creeks (JPP description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed. The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797. Charlottesville, Va., 1981. description ends , 208, 214; GW to Knox and Pickens, 26 July).