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Title:[Letter] 1796 Oct. 29, Knox[ville, Tennessee, to] John Chisholm / D[avid] Henley: a machine readable transcription of an image
Author:Henley, D.

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Date: October 29, 1796
Extent: 3p
Summary:This is a letter to John Chisholm from David Henley, dated October 29, 1796. Henley, an agent for the War Department, is giving instructions on the transportation of several native peoples to Philadelphia. The natives are members of the Cherokee, Choctaw, Creek, and Chickasaw Nations. The purpose of the trip may be to gain U. S. citizenship for them. Chisholm is instructed to take great care with them, keep them fed and healthy, and to limit their drinking.
Collection:David Henley Collection

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As you are the conductor of the ten Cherokee s, namely Watts and his Son_ Willioe and his mother- Big airon - George Lowry - John Langley - Middle Stricken - Thigh - and Charles Beaman , and nine Creek namely Dog Warrior Chinabe - Factor - Long Warrior - Kern off - Little Morgan - Coosey - Holowing Blue - and Cusatee King - my orders are that you proceed with all immediate displd the expedition that the circumstances of such a charge will admit, delaying no more time on the Road than may be necessary for the saving of your Horses [added: or unavoidable called to] and proceed through the Great Road to Winchester - Lancaster and Philadelphia , and deliver my letter to the honorable Secretary of War who will direct where and how the indians are to be provided for at [added: that city] Philadelphia

Should any of them be taken sick you must provide for them in some good family as the expence [expense] of the United States - You must provide for them [added: all things necessary] on their journey so that

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that they may be comfortable and with as much prudence as the [added: town and care of the indians] charge in which You are engaged in will allow_ [added: and prevent as much as possible their having drink to excess__ ] You must also provide for them in case of sickness or accident at the expence of the United States in some good familys [families] and do what is in your power to save them from any injury, and to make their journey agreeable to them-

The two interpreters, must [added: and] Sandy & Walter Grayson two half breeds [added: may] way also be furnished on their journey with Provisions and forage at the expence of the public, and you pay will be what Governor Blount has formerly allowed till you get to Phila [Philadelphia]

Five Choctaw s [added: and a Chickasaw ] Pawnshenaumtalk _ Yestossia _ Shosshawhomach __ Alstanabay _ Jate manstaba Colbert _ and Nowawtobay a boy__ having just arrived You have been detained to take them also under your care, and they [added: and their interpreters] must he considered as included in the above [added: orders] respecting their care, expence and providing for them in the same manner as the others___

D [David] Henley
Knox [Knoxville] [unclear: th ] 29 October 1796-Capt [Captain] John Chisholm

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[added: Knox
th 29 October 1796
orders to John Chisholm]

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