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John Stagg, Jr., to Tobias Lear, 13 June 1793

John Stagg, Jr., to Tobias Lear

[Philadelphia] June 13th 1793

Dear Sir.

The Secretary of War requests, that you will please to submit the enclosed letter, from the Governor of Maryland dated 6th instant1—and the dispatches from James Seagrove of the 24th ultimo, to the President of the United States2—They have just come to hand. Your’s respectfully

Jno: Stagg Junr:


1Thomas Sim Lee’s letter to Henry Knox of 6 June 1793, which GW received later on this date, described the difficulties currently existing in Maryland from the failure of the state legislature to renew the militia law in a timely fashion. This fact would interfere with Lee’s ability to call out the militia “for preventing or repelling military aggressions by any of the European powers engaged in War, within parts of the United States too remote for the immediate interposition of the federal Executive.” Lee suggested that it “may not however be difficult to excite a degree of public spirit that may give rise to voluntary associations, ready to act as occasions may require” (Lee to Knox, 6 June 1793, MdAA: Governor and Council Letter-Book, 1787–1793; JPP description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed. The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797. Charlottesville, Va., 1981. description ends , 175).

2The dispatches enclosed by Stagg were James Seagrove’s letters to Henry Knox of 30 April and 24 May, both written at St. Marys, Ga., and concerning various efforts to maintain peace in Georgia and the Southwest Territory. In the 30 April letter, Seagrove wrote that he was sending a “belt of peace” given by “the chiefs of the Upper towns” of the Creek nation and a “white wing” sent from the Creek town of Cussetah in Georgia, in addition to the enclosed letters and Indian speeches mentioned in the letter. In his letter of 24 May, Seagrove reported his fears of an impending Indian war, a meeting with a delegation of Seminole Indians, and alleged Spanish interference with the Indians. He enclosed several letters and depositions on Indian activities (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 1:384–92). The 13 June entry for GW’s executive journal notes GW’s receipt of these letters but that the enclosures for the 30 April letter had not arrived and that this letter was “a duplicate only.” It also contains a lengthy summary of Seagrove’s 24 May letter and its enclosures (JPP description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed. The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797. Charlottesville, Va., 1981. description ends , 171–75).

Bartholomew Dandridge, Jr., returned Lee’s letter and Seagrove’s communications with a cover letter to Knox of 15 June 1793 (DLC:GW).

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