Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Benjamin Hawkins, 15 January 1803

From Benjamin Hawkins

Creek agency 15 January 1803

The bearer Mr. William Hill is an assistant in this agency as I have known him for five years and believe him to be a very honest and useful man I have thought him worthy of an introduction to you, that you may hear from such a man a detail of occurrences in this quarter. The object of his Visit to the seat of government is to carry the accounts and Vouchers in this department to the War office.

I have the honour to be with the highest regard my dear Sir, your obediant servant

Benjamin Hawkins

RC (DLC); at foot of text: “Mr. Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as received 9 Feb. and so recorded in SJL.

Hawkins also sent a letter of introduction for william hill to James Madison, dated 13 Jan. 1803. Hill was appointed agent to the Chickasaw Indians in January 1806, but he committed suicide before assuming his duties (Madison, Papers, Sec. of State Ser., 4:254; Henry Dearborn to Hill, 7 Jan. 1806, in DNA: RG 75, LSIA; Savannah Georgia Republican, 18 Mch. 1806; James R. Atkinson, Splendid Land, Splendid People: The Chickasaw Indians to Removal [Tuscaloosa, Ala., 2004], 198).

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