Friday Evening 2d Sep. 1796
I thank you for your private letter of this date, & will arrest the talk intended for the Cherokee Indns until it can be further considered. For this purpose I send the one I have just received from you, back again; with a request that you would pursue the remarks you have begun; and let me have them as soon as you can, conveniently, in the morning; that I may be possessed of them before I see the Secretary of War. Yours sincerely, & always
I did not admire the draught when it was presented to me & told the Secretary so; but I am so pressed, & allowed so little time to consider matters that my signature, or approbation is, I am persuaded given, sometimes, rather too hastily.
MHi: Timothy Pickering Papers.