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Title:[Letter] 1797 Feb. 10, Knoxville, [Tennessee, to] Silas Dinsmore / John Sevier : a machine-readable transcription of an image
Author:Sevier, John

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Date: February 10, 1797
Extent: 2p
Summary:This document is a letter from Governor John Sevier (1796-1801) to Cherokee agent Silas Dinsmore, dated February 10, 1797. In his letter, Sevier sent apologies for several Cherokees who had been killed, wounded, or who were missing. While Sevier promised to do his best to seek out the perpetrators of such crimes, he also warned Dinsmore that the Cherokees should be restrained from retaliating. He stated that a war would bring about the destruction of the Cherokee Nation.
Collection:Governor John Sevier Papers

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Knoxville 10 February 1797


many reports seem to confirm that two indians were very inhumanly Murdered some where [somewhere] near unto the head of Kentucky River , by two Men supposed to live in Hawkins county ; I have Waited to hear from you or the indians on the subject, but as yet neither have sent forward any complaint, [added: or information] I was for some time from which Circumstance, I was induced to believe for a length of time, that the reports were premature.

The indians have lately killed in several places [unclear: towit ] in Powels Valley and at Cumberland and it is reported five The indians have lately killed in several different places, [added: [unclear: (towit) ]] as reported One in Powels Vally [Valley] & one More badly wounded, three more killed near the head of Kentucky , & one at Cumberland ; it [added: is] also reported that five more are are missing and believed to be killed that were out hunting in the Cumberland mountain , tho [though] of this [added: last] there is no certain accounts [added: as] yet come to hand. I am extremely sorry for these disturbances, and very much fear the approaching consequences, the [added: and] am fully determined to [unclear: pursu [pursue] ] and to Any further disturbances Mischeifs [Mischiefs] if in my powers, and will if possible have the perpetrators of the first murder apprehended. and [added: I] flatter myself that you will use your influence to have peace and [unclear: unk ] tranquility restored by endeavoring to restrain the indians from any further depredations, and convince them of the danger of bringing on a war, which would be the destruction of their nation

I have the honor to be & c [et cetera]
Silas Dinsmore esquire

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[added: Letters, one to the
Cherokees ; the other
to Silas Dinsmore
Feby [February] 10th 1797
(No [Number] 21)
Recorded ] [added: McMaclin will please make out copies of these two letters]

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