George Washington Papers

Henry Knox to Tobias Lear, 5 June 1793

Henry Knox to Tobias Lear

[Philadelphia] 5th June 1793

Dear Sir,

I have just received by Jasper Parish The interpreter the enclosed letters from the Commissioners at Niagara, informing of the postponement of the treaty for a month at least. please to submit them to The President of the U. States.1 Yours truly

H. Knox

LS, DLC:GW; LB, DLC:GW. Knox wrote the last sentence and the closing on the LS document.

1In March, GW had appointed Benjamin Lincoln, Timothy Pickering, and Beverley Randolph as commissioners for a proposed treaty at Lower Sandusky with the hostile Indians of the Northwest Territory (GW to U.S. Senate, 1 Mar. [second letter]). The enclosed letter of 21 May, written at “Navy Hall, opposite Niagara,” by Randolph and Pickering, reported that the treaty probably would be delayed “for at least one month” and that Lincoln had not yet arrived at Niagara. A brief letter from all three commissioners, written at Niagara on 26 May, informed Knox that they had requested Major Isaac Craig at Pittsburgh to purchase white wampum beads for them. In their first letter of 27 May from Niagara, the commissioners wrote a more detailed account of their efforts to prepare for the proposed treaty, including Lincoln’s arrival on 25 May and their attempts to procure interpreters for the Delaware and Shawnee Indians and to purchase 80,000 white wampum beads. In their second letter of 27 May, they reported that they were dispatching Jaspar Parrish to Philadelphia to retrieve the wampum “belt of the hostile Indians, acceding to the treaty, and that sent by the Five Nations, on the same occasion,” medicine, and “the white new belts, which were intended for our use.” For these letters, and their enclosures, see 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 1:343–46. GW received Knox’s letter, with these enclosures, later this date (JPP description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed. The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797. Charlottesville, Va., 1981. description ends , 161).

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