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Title: [Letter] 1793 June 17, Withe County, [Tennessee to] General Smith / William Blount, Governor of the state of Tennessee: a machine-readable transcription of an image
Author:Blount, William

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Date: June 17, 1793
Extent: 3p
Summary:This document is a letter from William Blount, Governor of the state of Tennessee from 1790 to 1795, to General Smith, dated June 17, 1793. In his letter, Blount stated that he had been informed that the President and Secretary of War were awaiting his arrival in order to discuss business regarding the Indians in the South. Blount and others were apparently unhappy with the Indians, and Blount suggested that a full-scale war was the only way to coerce them into acting in accordance with the US's wishes. Blount also discussed providing arms for the frontier settlers.
Collection: Tennessee Historical Society

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Withe County June 17th 1793
Dear Sir

I have just receved [received] a letter from Mr Allison by Mr David Deadrick dated the 15 th May in which he informs me that I am anxiously expected by the Presdent [President] and the Secretary of War and that he has every Reason to believe that on my arrival something decisive will be determined on against the Southern Indians — If anything depends on me my Easterns in favour [favor] of the Southwestern Frontiers will not be wanting — a vigorous national war only can bring the Indians to act as they ought, and that I hope we shall have this Fall. — Had you not best postpone the finding my part of Kerr 's Company to the Passing of Cumberland until the Fine advertised for the Guard to meet the families and then if Nothing is done with Kerr let him as his Irishmen make a Part of it. — I do not see how any of the arms

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can be safely got to Cumberland . — I would advise the letting the Frontier People of Washington District have such as they want — A Mr. Freeman a friend of Mr. Aukard , a Clerk in the war office is appointed quarter Master [quartermaster] but he will not shortly be out that is he will not leave Philadelphia before my arrival.

I shall pass the Mountain with Mrs Blount who with her Party has there bare arrived safe the day after tomorrow and the next day leave her and turn of [off] for Richmond from whence I shall take the stage — I am and shall be truly anxious to hear from you pray enbrace [embrace] every opportunity to gratify me say to relieve my anxiety — I will be back as soon as possible. — I entreat you to advise, admonish and if possible govern Mr. [unclear: Opdrn ] for his own good with precise esteem,

I am & c [et cetera] & c [et cetera]
Wm [William] Blount
Gen. [General] Smith

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General Smith Knoxville Capt. [Captain] Bryan
[added: Published in the — July 1901
American Historical Magazine
Vol [Volume] 6, No [Number] 3, page 224][added: June 17th, 1793, ― Going East to see the Presi
dent of the U.S. [United States]]

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