George Washington Papers

From George Washington to James Seagrove, 4 September 1792

To James Seagrove

Mount Vernon Sep. 4th 1792.


It was necessary for the Express that brought your dispatches to me to proceed to the War Office with my sentimt thereupon—Enclosed you have the result.1 To these I have nothing to add but my entire approbation of the zeal and intelligence with which you have conducted matters with the Creek Indians—My good wishes for the perfect restoration of your health—and my hope that it may comport with your Inclination and views to superintended that business, agreeably to the Plan suggested by the Secretary of War.

As I do not perceive that any mention is made of it in the letter from the Secretary of War to you, it may not be amiss to inform you that One hundred Dollars has been advanced to Mr Jas Jordon to defray the expences of his journey; for which he must acct to you. With esteem I am Sir Yr Obedt Hble Servt

Go: Washington

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

1Seagrove’s dispatches, which included his letters to GW of 5 and 27 July, arrived at Mount Vernon on 15 Aug., and GW forwarded them to Knox later that same date (see GW to Knox, 15 Aug. 1792). Knox received them on 22 Aug. (see Knox to GW, 23 August). On 19 Aug., GW wrote Knox at length about Spanish interference in U.S. Indian relations in the South, the subject of the Seagrove dispatches, and he instructed Knox to confer on the matter with Alexander Hamilton and Edmund Randolph. Knox’s letters to Seagrove and Georgia governor Edward Telfair of 31 Aug., copies of which he enclosed in his second letter to GW of that date, reflect both the principles proposed by GW and the result of Knox’s discussions with Hamilton and Randolph. Knox’s letter to Seagrove and this letter from GW were delivered to Seagrove at St. Mary’s, Ga., by James Jordan on 1 Oct. (see Seagrove to Knox, 17 Oct. 1792, in 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 1:311).

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