James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Willie Blount, 4 January 1814 (Abstract)

From Willie Blount, 4 January 1814 (Abstract)

§ From Willie Blount. 4 January 1814, Nashville. “I have the honor to transmit to you, in compliance with a request of the General Assembly of the State of Tennessee, a copy of their resolution, respecting an extinguishment of the Indian claim to lands within the chartered limits of this State, adopted, Nov. 16th. 1813.”

RC (DNA: RG 107, LRRS, B-410:7). 1 p. Docketed as received in the War Department in February 1814. The enclosure has not been found, but it was evidently the resolution presented by John Rhea in the U.S. House of Representatives on 4 Feb. 1814, requesting that if the Indian title in Tennessee could not be extinguished as far west as the Mississippi River, the Tennessee River be made “the boundary between the citizens of that state and the Chickasaw and Cherokee Indians.” The resolution was referred to the secretary of war (Journal of the House of Representatives at the Second Session of the Thirteenth Congress [Shaw and Shoemaker description begins R. R. Shaw and R. H. Shoemaker, comps., American Bibliography: A Preliminary Checklist for 1801–1819 (22 vols.; New York, 1958–66). description ends 33241], 274–76).

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