George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Henry Knox, 6 March 1794

From Henry Knox

War department March 6th 1794


I have the honor to submit the inclosed letter to Gove[r]nor Matthews relatively to the Indians in his possession requested by James Seagrove—Such other parts of Mr Seagroves letter, as require any further measures, will be considered & the result submitted to your consideration.1 I have the honor to be with perfect respect Your obedient Servant

H. Knox


1Knox’s letter of this date to Georgia governor George Mathews reads: “It appears by a letter from James Seagrove dated Tuccabackees, Upper Creeks, 7th of December that he is exceedingly desirous that the eight prisoners taken from the little Oakfuskie in September last by a party from the frontiers of Georgia should be instantly returned.

“It would appear from representations that the prisoners belonged to a Town under the direction of the White Lieutenant, who is esteemed one of our best friends in the Creek Nation.

“In addition to this circumstance, not only the release of all the white prisoners in the Creek Nation, but even the expected return of cordiality between the United States and the Creeks may be prevented by the continuing the Indian prisoners in their captivity.

“I am therefore instructed by the President of the United States to request that your Excellency would immediately cause the prisoners in question to be conveniently and safely transported to Fort Fidius upon the Oconnee, and there delivered to the commanding Officer for the purpose of being restored to their friends” (G-Ar: Georgia Executive Department, 1794–95). An unidentified letter from Indian agent James Seagrove to Knox of 25 Dec. 1793 was the reason for Knox’s letter to Mathews (Bartholomew Dandridge, Jr., to Knox, 5 March 1794; JPP description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed. The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797. Charlottesville, Va., 1981. description ends , 288).

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