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|Title||Letter [manuscript]: Fort Washington, [Ohio], to Stephen Jacob, Windsor, Vt., 1793 June 24|
|Author||Eaton, William (1764-1811)|
|Date||View date in the chronology|
|Description||From the Newberry Library Catalogue: June 24, 1793, letter from Eaton to his friend, Vermont jurist Stephen Jacob, regarding the intentions of the British and Indians on the northwestern frontier. Eaton speculates on reasons for the delay of the American-Indian conference (originally scheduled to meet in Sandusky in the spring) and questions the English intent to provoke the U.S. into war with the Indians. He also estimates American troop strength at about 3,000, plus auxiliary Kentuckians, and guesses that the provisioning of Fort Jefferson indicates a move of the army in the fall to a position near the Miami villages and the site of St. Clair’s defeat.|
|Names||Jacob, Stephen (1755-1817)|
|Places||Fort Washington, Ohio, United States|
|Keywords||armed forces, army, government, government relations, conference, British Colonialism, Northwest Indian War|
|Theme||Military Encounters: Conflicts, Rebellions and Alliances; American Indians and the European Powers; American Indians and the US Government|
Army officer and diplomat. Graduated from Dartmouth College in 1790, William Eaton taught in Windsor, Vt., and served as clerk to the Vermont House of Delegates before obtaining a U.S. army captaincy in March, 1792. As part of a build-up of western forces following Gen. St. Clair’s 1791 defeat, Eaton and his company joined Gen. Anthony Wayne’s army at Fort Washington near Cincinnati. Eaton remained with the western army until February, 1794, assisting in the erection of Fort Recovery and engaging in skirmishes and scouting parties. He is best known for his later service as consul to Tunis and navy agent to the Barbary States.
Text of letter on p. -; address and endorsements on p. Endorsements: Capt. Wm. Eaton. June 1793. Recd. Augt. 22nd 1793.
|Library||The Newberry Library|
|Copyright||The Newberry Library|
|Collection||The Edward E. Ayer Collection|
|Reference||VAULT box Ayer MS 266|
|Catalogue Link||The Newberry Library Catalogue|