James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Matthew Lyon and Others, 20 February 1811 (Abstract)

§ From Matthew Lyon and Others

20 February 1811, Washington. Encloses a resolution of the General Assembly of Kentucky “respecting the extinguishment of the Indian claim to the Territory lying South of River Tennessee, & within the limits of the Southern boundary of Kentucky.”1 Expresses confidence that the executive will make “reasonable exertions” to extinguish the claim.

RC and enclosure (DNA: RG 107, LRRS, L-147:5). RC 1 p. Signed by Lyon, Joseph Desha, Samuel McKee, and Richard M. Johnson. Docketed by a War Department clerk as received 21 Feb. For enclosure, see n. 1.

1The four members of the Kentucky congressional delegation enclosed a printed copy of a resolution approved by Gov. Charles Scott on 31 Jan. 1811 (1 p.), which stated that the interest of the commonwealth “does imperatively require” the extinguishment of the Indian claim to the territory.

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