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Title Letters [manuscript]: 1795-1798
Author United States, War Department
Document Type Correspondence; Manuscript
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Correspondence, dating mainly from 1795, of the secretary of war, Timothy Pickering, primarily with David Henley, War Dept. agent in the Territory of the United States, South of the River Ohio, but also with David Campbell, William Blount, and John McNairy, regarding Indian and militia affairs in what is now Tennessee. Much of the 1795 correspondence, including an extract of a letter to Gov. Blount and an Aug. 28, 1795, letter to Judge David Campbell, concerns the U.S. refusal to support the Chickasaws in a war with the Creeks, Pickering’s rebuke of Blount for inciting the conflict, and his attempts to mollify the Chickasaw chief, William Colbert. Other matters include the shipment of goods for the Chickasaws, the appointment of an Indian factor, James Byers, for the Tellico Blockhouse, and frauds commited by contractors supplying the Indians. Two of the letters are written together with Oliver Wolcott, the secretary of the treasury.
Names Pickering, Timothy (1745-1829); Henley, David (1749-1823); Blount, William (1749-1800); Campbell, David (fl.1790-1811); McNairy, John (1762-1837); Wolcott, Oliver (1760-1833); Colbert, William (c.1776-1826); McKee, John (1771-1832)
Places Ohio River, Knoxville, Tennessee, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Keywords war, government, government relations, agent, militia, court, chief, goods, supplies
Theme American Indians and the US Government; Military Encounters: Conflicts, Rebellions and Alliances
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Southeast
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 926
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue