George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Henry Knox, 29 December 1794

From Henry Knox

Department of War December 29th 1794


I have the honor to submit a draft of a letter to Governor Blount.1

The situation of Mero district seems to demand an instant provision for its protection.

Governor Blount thought proper to send an express with the last information who is now waiting for an answer. I have the honor to be with the highest respect Your obed. Servant

H. Knox


1The draft has not been identified. Knox’s letter to Gov. William Blount of this date informed him that “The subject of the Southwestern frontiers is before Congress” and reminded him of “The principle adopted by the President, not to authorize or direct offensive expeditions.” However, Knox continued, “as the district of Mero appears to be in a suffering condition, and as the proceedings of Congress upon that point may not be speedily determined … you are hereby authorized to afford the said district, and to the other parts of your government, at the expense of the United States, all reasonable defensive protection, in such a manner as to your judgment shall appear best, to blend efficiency and economy together.” Noting Blount’s suggestions about “offensive operations against the Creeks,” Knox requested information “upon the manner and details of such an expedition, its object, distance, and an estimate of the expense.” Knox then reported in detail the proposals made, in the report on Indian affairs that he submitted with his first letter to GW of this date (ASP 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 , Indian Affairs, 1:634–35).

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