George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Henry Knox, 21 November 1789

From Henry Knox

War Office November 21st 1789

Sir

I have the honor to submit to your inspection the report and letter which I have just received from the Commissioners of Indian Affairs for the Southern district.1 I have the honor to be Sir With the highest respect Your Most Obedient Humble Servant.

H. Knox

LS, DLC:GW; LB, DLC:GW.

1Knox is undoubtedly referring to the letter of 17 Nov. 1789 to him from Benjamin Lincoln, Cyrus Griffin, and David Humphreys, the United States commissioners to the southern Indians, enclosing their report on their negotiations with the southern tribes. The letter and report are in DHFC description begins Linda Grant De Pauw et al., eds. Documentary History of the First Federal Congress of the United States of America, March 4, 1789-March 3, 1791. 20 vols. to date. Baltimore, 1972—. description ends , 2:210–36, and 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 1:68–78. Also enclosed may have been the commissioners’ letter to Knox of 20 Nov. 1789, reporting on Indian affairs on the southern frontier and recommending measures to deal with Indian problems in the area (DHFC description begins Linda Grant De Pauw et al., eds. Documentary History of the First Federal Congress of the United States of America, March 4, 1789-March 3, 1791. 20 vols. to date. Baltimore, 1972—. description ends , 2:236–40; 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 1:78–79). GW abstracted material from this report in his Memoranda on Indian Affairs, 1789.

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