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Henry Knox to Tobias Lear, 25 April 1793

Henry Knox to Tobias Lear

[Philadelphia] 25 April 1793

Dear Sir

Please to submit the enclosed letters from Governor Telfair,1 & Lt Governor Wood,2 to the President of the United States. Yours sincerely

H. Knox

ALS, DLC:GW; LB, DLC:GW.

1Gov. Edward Telfair of Georgia, in his letter to Knox of 9 April, expressed “peculiar satisfaction” that the secretary of war was considering calling up the militia “in the event of general hostility” (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 1:368). Knox waited until 29 April to answer this and another recently received letter from Telfair of 3 April (Knox to GW, 18 April, and note 3; see also Knox to Lear, 24 April 1793, DLC:GW). Knox wrote Telfair that since the concerns of William Blount, the governor of the Southwest Territory, are “blended with the state of affairs related by your excellency, the President of the United States is desirous that some general principles should be adopted which shall be applicable (as far as circumstances will admit) to the general state of the Southern frontiers, the result of which shall be transmitted to you” (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 1:363). Knox submitted this letter for GW’s approval on 29 April (JPP, description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed. The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797. Charlottesville, Va., 1981. description ends 122). For Telfair’s appeals for military assistance, see Lear to Knox, 21 Jan., n.1. On 29 May, GW’s cabinet met to discuss a response to Indian depredations in Georgia (Cabinet Opinion on Georgia and the Creek Indians, 29 May, and Knox to Lear, 30 May 1793 [first letter], n.1).

2In a letter to Knox of 19 April, James Wood, the lieutenant governor of Virginia, enclosed a letter from Capt. Andrew Lewis to Gov. Henry Lee of 9 April, detailing Indian depredations along the Virginia frontier (see Vi: Executive Letter Book, 1792–94; Calendar of Virginia State Papers, description begins William P. Palmer et al., eds. Calendar of Virginia State Papers and Other Manuscripts. 11 vols. Richmond, 1875–93. description ends 6:329–30). GW returned these letters to Knox on 26 April (JPP, description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed. The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797. Charlottesville, Va., 1981. description ends 119–20).

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