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Title:[Letter] 1797 Feb. 14, Knoxville, [Tennessee, to] Hon[ora]ble Mr. W[illia]m Blount, [Washington D.C.] / J[ohn] Sevier : a machine-readable transcription of an image
Author:Sevier, John

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Date: February 14,1797
Extent: 2p
Summary:This document is a letter written by Tennessee Governor John Sevier (1796-1801, 1803-1809) to former governor William Blount (1790-1796) in the US Congress, dated February 14, 1797. Sevier reported to Blount that the Cherokees had killed two people and wounded one, in retaliation for the murders of two Cherokees committed by Ned Mitchell and John Levingston. Sevier also discussed reports of the possibility of a war with the French and direct taxation, which may further excite the situation with the Native American tribes.
Collection:Governor John Sevier Papers

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Knoxville 14 February 1797

Yours of the 3d. ultimo by Mr. Casey came duly to Hand; I expect ere this reaches you Congress will Have risen, but as there is a probability that you May remain in Philadelphia sometime after the Session is over, I think it necessary to inform You that the indians have killed one person in Powels Valley and wounded another; also have killed one more on harpeth (Cumberland) [Junction]Jungction [Harpeth] that this has been done in retaliation for two indians said to be very inhumanly murdered by Ned Mitchell And John Levistone [Levingston] some where [somewhere] near unto the head of Kentucky river , I hope to have there been the matter shortly made up so as to restore peace and

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harmony restored. The reports of a likelihood probability of a War with the french , and direct taxation seems to exite [excite] Cause much Clamor, and exites [excites] [added: apparently much] general [added: in]dignation among many here, against the administration [added: measures] of the executive American Government.

I have not wrote to the other members Expecting they will in all probability have leave Philadelphia , before this letter will arrive, which I hope will be Sufficient apology should it be otherwise

I have the honor to be & c [et cetera]
J. [John] Sevier
[added: a copy [of a letter of a letter] inclosed [enclosed]
which was sent to Silas Dinsmore agent]
Honble [Honorable] Mr. Wm [William] Blount
[added: Letter to
Honble [Honorable] Mr
Blount —
14th Feby [February] 97
(No. [Number] 22) Recorded]

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