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Title Letter [manuscript]: Fort Washington, [Ohio], to Stephen Jacob, Windsor, Vt., 1793 June 24
Author Eaton, William (1764-1811)
Document Type Correspondence
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
Culture Area Northeast
Additional Information

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. [1]-[3]; address and endorsements on p.[4] 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