George Washington Papers

Tobias Lear to James Pemberton, 11 February 1792

Tobias Lear to James Pemberton

Philadelphia, 11 Feb. 1792. Returns “the enclosed paper which was submitted to the Consideration of the President last evening, containing the sentiments proposed to be delivered, in writing, by the Quakers to the deputation from the Cherokee nation of Indians now in this City1—and [is commanded] to inform, that the President, upon a due consideration of the subject, does not see any impropriety in the enclosed Speech being delivered to the Cherokees, as it contains the same friendly sentiments with which he has himself endeavoured to impress these people, and it does not appear to be a matter that can be drawn into precedent on any future occasion. Neither has the President any objection to these Indians being furnished, by the Quakers, with such small presents as were mentioned to him last eveng.”

ADfS, DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters; LB, DLC:GW.

James Pemberton (1723–1809), a Philadelphia merchant, helped found the Pennsylvania Society for the Abolition of Slavery. He was one of the prominent Quaker leaders exiled from Philadelphia to Virginia during the Revolutionary War (see Crane, Elizabeth Drinker Diary, description begins Elaine Forman Crane et al., eds. The Diary of Elizabeth Drinker. 3 vols. Boston, 1991. description ends 3:2196).

1The enclosure has not been found. For the visit of the Cherokee chiefs to Philadelphia, see Henry Knox to GW, 17 Jan. 1792.

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