From Henry Knox
War department. July 11 1794
I submit to your consideration a draft of a Speech to the Chickasaw Indians.1 I have the honor to be Sir, with the highest respect, Your obedient Servt
LS, DLC:GW; LB, DLC:GW.
1. A delegation of Chickasaw chiefs and warriors led by Piomingo (Mountain Leader) arrived at Philadelphia on 7 July. They met with GW at twelve o’clock on 11 July, at which time GW "Deliv’d a short speech to them. Smoak’d the peace-pipe, eat, drank &c. & then retir’d" (JPP description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed. The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797. Charlottesville, Va., 1981. description ends , 312). For a more extensive description of the ceremony, see the entry of 11 July in the longer of John Quincy Adams’s diaries for this period (MHi: Adams Papers).