George Washington Papers

From George Washington to United States Senate, 2 March 1797

United States March 2nd 1797.

Gentlemen of the Senate.

Application having been made to me, to permit a treaty to be held with the Seneka Nation of Indians, to effect the purchase of a parcel of their land under a preemption right derived from the State of Massachusetts and situated within the State of New York, and it appearing to me reasonable that such opportunity should be afforded, provided, the negociation shall be conducted at the expence of the applicant, and at the desire and with the consent of the Indians; always considering these as prerequisites, I now nominate Isaac Smith to be a Commissioner to hold a Treaty with the Seneka Nation for the aforesaid purpose.

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DNA: RG 46—Records of the U.S. Senate.

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