George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Henry Knox, 29 August 1793

From Henry Knox

War department August 29th 1793


I have the honor to submit a letter from the Governor of Georgia containing some proceedings of a General Council of War of the Militia of that State.1 I have the honor to be with the highest respect Your obedient Servant

H. Knox


1In his letter to Knox of 13 Aug. 1793, Edward Telfair wrote that he had “convened a council of general officers” to discuss a proposed expedition by the Georgia militia against the Creek Indians. The enclosed council minutes of 8 Aug., which Telfair intended be “laid before the President,” summarized the strategic considerations of organizing and preparing for such an expedition in the Fall. The council agreed that it would be “requisite to direct the Federal troops, now in this State, to be held in readiness, to form a junction with the militia.” In a similar manner, they would need to notify South Carolina “to hold in readiness such a number of horse and foot” as may be useful. Telfair also enclosed a “map of the Creek nation” (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 1:370–71). GW returned Telfair’s letter to Knox “& desired him to take it into serious consideration” (JPP description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed. The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797. Charlottesville, Va., 1981. description ends , 234). For the administration’s response to Telfair’s letter, see Cabinet Opinion, 31 Aug. 1793.

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