George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Henry Knox, 15 December 1791

From Henry Knox

[Philadelphia] Decr 15. [1791]1


I will instantly see the person you mention. I enclose a paper by which, and other information, it will appear that some creeks, whom I apprehend to be Bowles party will be here immediately.2 I am most respectfully Your humble Servant



1The letter is docketed 15 Dec. 1791.

2The enclosure was an extract of a letter from John Williamson to Philadelphia merchant William Sproat, dated Charleston, S.C., 1 Dec.: “Your Brig Philadelphia was ready for sea this morning, but have detained her a few hours for eight cabbin passengers—a deputation from the Creek Nation to Congress.” A note at the bottom of the page, which is in the same writing as the body of the extract and which is initialed “T.L.,” reads: “Mr Sproat informs me that if the weather continues favorable the brig will probably be up to morrow.” The eight passengers were Cherokee, not a party of Creek Indians under William Augustus Bowles. For the unexpected visit to Philadelphia of the Cherokee, see Henry Knox to GW, 17 Jan. 1792.

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