From Edmund Randolph1
[Philadelphia, September 6, 1794]
The Secretary of State presents his Compliments to the Secretary of the Treasury and incloses to him by direction of the President sundry letters and other papers received from Mr. Seagrove2 respecting the Creek nation and the Governor of Georgia.3 The President is anxious that the whole of this business should be reviewed and brought into one summary. For this purpose he thinks that Mr. Stagg4 should be directed to collect all the documents, belonging to the affairs of Georgia in her contest with the Insurgents and the Invaders of the Creek Territory. If the State of Coll Hamilton’s health will not permit him to undertake the business, and he will instruct Major Stagg to bring the papers to E Randolph, he will endeavour to assist Coll. Hamilton.
LC, RG 59, Domestic Letters of the Department of State, Vol. 7, June 27–September 30, 1794, National Archives.
1. For background to this letter, see “Cabinet Meeting. Opinion on the Depredations of the Creek Indians Upon the State of Georgia,” May 29, 1793.
2. James Seagrove was United States agent to the Creeks. The “papers” included three letters: Seagrove to Henry Knox, May 16, 1794; George Mathews to Seagrove, May 12, 1794; Seagrove to Mathews, May 16, 1794 (ASP, Indian Affairs, I, 486–87). See also Randolph to William Bradford, H, and Knox, first letter of July 11, 1794; H to George Washington, July 13, 1794.
3. George Mathews.
4. John Stagg, Jr., was chief clerk in the War Department.