George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Henry Knox, 3 November 1794

From Henry Knox

Department of War November 3d 1794


I have the honor to submit to your view an estimate of Goods which has been made out by James Seagrove the Agent for the Creeks.1 The only question in my mind on the subject of this estimate is its amount, and yet when the importance of conciliating the Creek Indians be considered as well as their numbers, I respectfully submit it as my opinion that the amount of the estimate be furnished him under such instructions as to the distribution as shall be dictated by a regard to œconomy and the public interests. I have the honor to be with perfect respect Your most obedient Servant

H. Knox


1The enclosed “Estimate of goods required to make presents to the Creek Indians” envisioned the expenditure of $8,915 for cloth goods, kettles, saddles and spurs, rifles and flints, and various tools. In addition, 500 bushels of salt were “to be purchased in Georgia out of the contingent Fund” (DLC:GW).

Index Entries