George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Henry Knox, 13 December 1794

From Henry Knox

Department of War, December 13th 1794.


I have the honor to submit, the enclosed letters just received; from Governor Blount dated 16th November;1 Also from Lt Col: Gaither of the 4th, and Constant Freeman of the 21’st of the same month.2 I am, most respectfully, Sir. Your obedt Servt

H. Knox


1William Blount’s letter to Knox of 16 Nov. enclosed letters reporting about Indian activity in the Southwest Territory and a letter from the Spanish governor of Louisiana, Baron de Carondelet, to the Cherokees that promised aid “Should an attempt be made to deprive his friends of their lands, or drive them from their villages,” but otherwise counseled peace and asked them to “suspend all hostilities.” Blount commented, “I consider war with the Creeks unavoidable, and my hope of peace with the Cherokees is not abated, but increased, since it is certain that General Logan has been disappointed in his intended invasion of their country” (ASP 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 , Indian Affairs, 1:538–41).

2These letters have not been identified.

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