George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Henry Knox, 16 August 1793

From Henry Knox

War Department, 16th August 1793.


I have the honor to submit, a letter received from James Seagrove Esqr: dated the 6th of July1—and two letters from the Governor of Georgia of the 24th & 30th of the same month, with their enclosures.2 I am Sir, Most respectfully, Your very humble Servt

H. Knox
secy of War


1In his letter to Knox of 6 July, Indian agent James Seagrove wrote that the murder of David Cornell, a Creek Indian friendly to U.S. interests, by a small contingent of Georgia militia stationed at Colerain “at this critical juncture, may occasion a little more bloodshed. … I certainly should have gone into the nation if Cornell had not been killed, but until I know how they will act thereon, I think it would be unwise.” He also reported that an attempt to mount a military expedition against the Creek town of Coweta had failed. For this letter and its twelve 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 1:393–99.

2Knox had given GW the letter of 24 July from Georgia governor Edward Telfair once before (Knox to GW, 8 Aug. 1793, and note 1). In his letter to Knox of 30 July, from Augusta, Telfair acknowledged receipt on 25 July of Knox’s letter of 10 June, “with its enclosures.” All three letters concerned U.S. relations with the Creek Indians and whether military force against the Indians was necessary at this time. For Knox’s letter to Telfair of 10 June and for Telfair’s letter to Knox of 30 July, see ibid., 364, 370. GW received Knox’s letter and its enclosures on 17 Aug. and after reading them, returned the letters to Knox (JPP description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed. The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797. Charlottesville, Va., 1981. description ends , 223).

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