George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Henry Knox, 21 January 1794

From Henry Knox

War department January 21st 1794


I have the honor to submit to you a draft of a letter to the Governor of North Carolina in answer to his of the 8. instant.1

I also submit to you the propriety of my transmitting by your order to both houses of Congress such parts of Mr Seagrove’s letter as may be necessary to give a complete idea of the result of his mission, but not to communicate any of the corrosive parts relative to Georgia or individuals, or the Spanish Treaty with the Southern Indians.2 I have the honor to be with the highest respect Your obedient Servant

H. Knox


1Knox’s letter to Richard Dobbs Spaight of 21 Jan. acknowledged the receipt of Spaight’s first letter to GW of 6 Jan. and its enclosure. Knox continued: “As the measures which you have been pleased to direct are in pursuance of my letter written by order of the President on the 19th of Decem. 1792 he cannot but approve them at the same time he hopes and expects that the state of the Frontiers will render unnecessary the continuance of those scouts in service for any length of time. For authentic information has been received that Mr [James] Seagrove has tranquillized the creeks, and reestablished peace with them, and that it is to be expected that Governor [William] Blount may be able to restore peace with the Cherokees. In this latter event any patroles on the frontiers of No. Caro[lin]a would not be required. An accuracy in mustering the patroles at their entrance during their continuance and at the expiration of their services, will be essential to their payment. The rolls supported by the musters will be required to be authenticated by Coll [David] Vance whom you have authorized to call the Scouts into Service” (Nc-Ar: Governors’ Letterbooks). Under GW’s direction, Bartholomew Dandridge, Jr., wrote Knox later this day, returning the draft and announcing that it had been “approved by the President” (DLC:GW).

2In a brief letter to Dandridge of 20 Dec. 1793, Knox enclosed for GW’s consideration a letter to Knox from James Seagrove of 30 Nov. and Seagrove’s letter to Georgia governor George Mathews, also of 30 Nov. 1793. GW’s subsequent instructions, as written by Dandridge in a letter to Knox of this date, were that it was “proper that such parts of Mr Seagrove’s letter as the Se[c]retary suggested should be laid before Congress” (DLC:GW). Although Knox is referring here only to portions of Seagrove’s letter to him, he submitted both letters to the U.S. Senate on 22 Jan., along with a brief cover letter. For the text of the letters submitted to the Senate, 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 , 1:471–72.

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