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Conversation with George Beckwith, [March-April 1791]

Conversation with George Beckwith1

[Philadelphia, March-April, 1791. “… the Vice-president,2 Secretaries of the Treasury & War3 & myself met on the 11th.… I mentioned to the gentlemen the idea of suggesting thro’ Colo. Beckwith, our knowlege of the conduct of the British officers in furnishing the Indians with arms & ammunition, & our dissatisfaction. Colo. Hamilton said that Beckwith had been with him on the subject, and had assured him they had given the Indians nothing more than the annual present, & at the annual period. it was thought proper however that he should be made sensible that this had attracted the notice of government.…”

Thomas Jefferson to George Washington, April 17, 1791 (ALS, RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters, January 1–July 31, 1791, National Archives).

1For background to this document and an explanation of its contents, see Washington to Jefferson, April 4, 1791 (GW description begins John C. Fitzpatrick, ed., The Writings of George Washington (Washington, 1931–1944). description ends , XXXI, 267–68). See also “Conversation with George Beckwith and William Macomb,” January 31, 1791 (PAH description begins Harold C. Syrett, ed., The Papers of Alexander Hamilton (New York and London, 1961– ). description ends , VII, 608–13).

2John Adams.

3Henry Knox.

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