George Washington Papers

To George Washington from James McHenry, 28 November 1796

War-Office November 28th 1796.


The Indian Chiefs named Mus-qua-ca-nokan or Red pole, Wey-a-pur-sen-waw, or Blue Jacket, She-me-kum-ne-sa or soldier, Ase-me-the, and Muc-ca-le-wa-saw or Black chief, stiling themselves the representatives of the Wyandots, Delawares, Shawanoes Ottawas, Chipwas, Putawatimes, Miamis, Eel River, Weas, Kickapoos, Piankashaws, and Kaskaskias have informed the Secretary of War in a talk delivered by Red pole, at the War-Office the 26 inst: that they had come a great way to see their Father the President; that they had long listened to the British; that they had discovered their error; that they had made peace with the Fifteen Fires; (meaning the United States), and in future would only listen to their great Father the President; that they were now waiting till they could hear what advice he had to give them, which they would follow; and that they would on their part try to keep the path open between their people, and the people of the United States. That finally, they wished to hear the President’s advice, as soon as possible, having a great way to go to get to their nations.

To this Blue Jacket added, that what had been spoken by Red pole was the sense of all the warriors present. That he rose to mention this, and give a particular proof of his own sincerity, by delivering to his great Father, the commission he had received a long time ago from the British; that he now broke it, and would hereafter serve faithfully the United States.

The Secretary of War replied to this talk, that he would communicate what they had said to the President, and hoped that their father would find leisure to give them his advice on tuesday next the 29th instant; but that they should be informed more certainly respecting it, after he had an opportunity to see him.

The Secretary has subjoined certain points, upon which it would appear proper to offer them advice, all which is respectfully submitted.

James McHenry

DLC: Papers of George Washington.

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