George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Timothy Pickering, 13 February 1795

From Timothy Pickering

War Office Feby 13. 1795. 3 o’clock

The Secretary respectfully lays before the President of the United States a letter from Governor Blount this moment received by Express, with Genl Robertson’s letter of the 13th of January & the Governor’s answer.1 Genl Robertson’s letter of Jany 9th mentioned by the Governor in his answer to the General was not inclosed.2

Timothy Pickering


1James Robertson’s letter to William Blount of 13 Jan. relayed Chickasaw reports of a skirmish with Creek Indians “on their way to war against this district” and of other Creek depredations against settlers. The Chickasaws “expect a large campaign this spring against the Creeks” and “are determined to assist the President of the United States in protecting such posts as he shall establish for that purpose.” Blount’s reply of 20 Jan. expressed pleasure at the Creek deaths, but warned that the United States might not support the Chickasaws in the likely war with the Creeks and thus might lose their friendship. He promised to forward the information immediately to get instructions from GW “in whom all power is vested, and not in me, to give orders on such important occasions.” GW’s answer could be expected before “the warm weather, the season for Indian warfare, will commence.” Blount’s cover letter to Pickering was dated 20 Jan. (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, 1:556–57).

2Robertson’s letter to Blount of 9 Jan. has not been identified. According to a letter from Blount to Robertson of 22 Jan., the letter of 9 Jan. “spoke of the killing of the People in Tennessee County as being a thing not quite certain but only a thing you believed,” and Blount had omitted it from his report because of that uncertainty (“The Correspondence of Gen. James Robertson,” American Historical Magazine, 4[1899]:168).

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