George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 23 December 1789]

Wednesday 23d. Exercised in the Post-Chaise with Mrs. Washington to day.

Sent the dispatches which came to me from the Assembly of Virginia and from the Representatives of several Counties therein respecting the State of the Frontiers and depredations of the Indians to the Secretary for the Department of War requesting his attendance tomorrow at 9 Oclock that I might converse more fully with him on the subject of these communications.

These dispatches included an undated “Address of the General Assembly of Virginia to the President of the United States,” expressing the assembly’s concern about Indian depredations in the state’s western counties and assuring GW of Virginia’s financial support if the administration should find it necessary to mount an expedition against the western tribes. A second letter, 12 Dec. 1789, signed by the representatives of the frontier counties of Ohio, Monongalia, Harrison, and Randolph, warned the president of the vulnerability of the counties to Indian attack (ASP, Indian Affairs, description begins Walter Lowrie et al., eds. American State Papers. Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States. 38 vols. Washington, D.C., Gales and Seaton, 1832–61. description ends 1:85–86).

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