George Washington Papers

To George Washington from the United States House of Representatives, 3 March 1794

From the United States House of Representatives

Monday the 3d of March 1794.

Congress of the United States: In the House of Representatives,

Resolved, that the President of the United States be requested to cause to be laid before this House, a statement of the gross sum of money, which has been advanced by the United States, in making presents to the Creek and Cherokee Indians, since the treaty made at New York;1 also, all expences incurred, and sums of money expended in making the said treaty.2

Extract from the Journal
John Berkley—Clerk.


1The Treaty of New York, with the Creek Indians, was signed on 7 Aug. 1790 (Kappler, Indian Treaties description begins Charles J. Kappler, ed. Indian Affairs. Laws and Treaties. 5 vols. Washington, D.C., 1903–41. description ends , 2:25–29). Following GW’s instructions, Bartholomew Dandridge, Jr., enclosed this resolution with a brief cover letter of 4 March to Henry Knox requesting that the secretary of war provide the desired statements (DLC:GW).

2Knox enclosed “A statement of the gross sum of money . . . and also of the amount of presents. . . .” with a brief cover letter to the U.S. House of Representatives of 10 March. According to the statement of 10 March, the expenses of the Creek treaty were $20,583.90. Since the treaty, “Indian goods and presents” for the Creeks and Cherokees had cost $22,279.99 and $18,217.56, respectively. The grand total came to $61,081.45. Knox noted that supplies forwarded to William Blount, governor of the Southwest Territory, “for the Cherokees, in the latter end of the year 1793, amounting to $5,230.75, and which were, by the last information, still remaining on hand, are included in the above, subject to the disposal of the Governor” (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 , 1:476).

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