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Title:[Letter] 1796 Apr. 25, Tellico Blockhouse [Tennessee, to] David Henley, Knoxville [Tennessee] / John McKee: a machine readable transcription of an image
Author:McKee, John

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Date: April 25, 1796
Extent: 2p
Summary:This is a letter from John McKee to David Henley, dated April 25, 1796. McKee, who is in charge of Indian relations, is concerned that the government will stop giving out whiskey and other amenities to the Chiefs that come to visit. He believes that they will suspect other policies towards them will change also, and become unfriendly.
Collection:David Henley Collection

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Tellico Blockhouse April 25th 1796

In my letter to you of the 18th Instant forwarded by Mr Byers I quoted a paragraph of a letter from Governor Blount who as Governor of the S [South] Western Territory was Superintendant of Indians affairs for the Southern District respecting necessary expenditures in the Indian department to which I have yet recieved [received] no answer

Heretofore when any principal chiefs or other Indians on public business came to this place I was authorized to supply them with provisions whiskey and such articles of cloathing [clothing] at their services intitled [entitled] them to, and should such supplies be now with held I fear it would excite in them a suspicion that the late change of Government in this country is connected with a Change of the disposition of the United States towards their nation, which might be attended with the worst consequences.__ Permit me, Sir, again to solicit your attention to this subject and to request the favor of a line by the first opportunity.

I am, Sir, with respect
your Obedient Servant
John McKee
Col D [Colonel David] HenleyAgent Dept [Department] War

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Colo [Colonel] David Henley Agent Department of War Knoxville
[added: Mr Dinmoor ][added: Tellico
April 25 1796
Col John McKee]

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