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From Timothy Pickering to Bartholomew Dandridge, Jr., 20 June 1795

Timothy Pickering to Bartholomew Dandridge, Jr.

War Office June 20. 1795.

Mr Dandridge will be pleased to lay before the President the inclosed letter from Mr Seagrove & the Newspaper which accompanied it.1

The Secretary of War has had copies made of the Talks of the Creek Chiefs, which he proposes to forward by post next Monday, to Governor Blount.2


1Neither the letter from Creek Indian agent James Seagrove nor the accompanying newspaper has been identified.

2The following Monday was 22 June. Pickering wrote to Southwest Territory governor William Blount on that date, enclosing a copy of a talk from Mad Dog and Big Warrior to Seagrove of 22 April and probably an extract of a talk from White Lieutenant to Seagrove of 1 May. White Lieutenant stated that the Creeks had “unanimously” agreed to comply with Seagrove’s demands and were gathering “the white Prisoners, Negroes & other Property, there is in our Land belonging to the United States.” Once done they would meet with Seagrove. “We are determined to live in peace with all white People though we have war with our own Colour.” Mad Dog also stated that the Creeks were collecting prisoners to fulfill their promises, although “the bad advice given to our People by some ill disposed lying white People in our land has greatly obstructed our proceedings.” He also took note of the Creeks’ disputes with the Chickasaws, claiming that the Creeks did not want war, only “Satisfaction” for injuries, but he expressed concern about information that the people of the Cumberland settlements had promised to assist the Chickasaws. He asked Seagrove to forward expresses to Blount and Chickasaw agent James Robertson. Pickering commented to Blount that the pacific statements of the Creek chiefs “have the appearance of candour: but how far the interference of the Cumberland People in the difference between the Creeks & Chickasaws, in aid of the Latter, may change the good disposition of the Creeks, remains to be Seen” (all documents T: James Robertson Papers).

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