To William Christian
In Council April 17th. 1781
Your favour of the 10th inst. has come duly to hand. At the time we desired to set on foot the negotiations for peace with the Cherokees we were uninformed of the measures General Greene had taken for that purpose.
We think it better that the treaty should be prosecuted on his plan and under his Authority which will bind the United States generally and therefore chearfully withdraw the powers we had given on that Subject and which might otherwise disturb the Operation of those from General Greene. I am &c,
TJ laid Christian’s letter of 10 Apr. before the Council on 17 Apr. and that body advised him “to withdraw the powers formerly given by the Executive on this subject” (Va. Council Jour. description begins Journals of the Council of the State of Virginia, ed. H. R. McIlwaine description ends , ii, 336); see Christian to TJ, 10 Apr. 1781.