George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Henry Knox, 23 December 1793

To Henry Knox

Philadelphia 23d Decr 1793

Dear Sir,

I have read the proposed message to the “Sachems, Chiefs and Warriors of the Six Nations” and approve of it, except that I question whether the 8th and the 11th paragraphs are expressed quite strong enough. The 8th gives too much ground, in my opinion, to expect a compliance with their request in its full extent; and the 11th although the sense is plain, seems hardly decisive enough for Indian comprehension & there shd be no misconception.1 Yrs always

Go: Washington


1For the message as finally sent, see Knox to GW, this date, n.1.

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