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Title:[Letter] 1797 Mar. 30, Knoxville, [Tennessee, to] Silas Dinsmore / J[ohn] Sevier: a machine-readable transcription of an image
Author:Sevier, John

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Date: March 30, 1797
Extent: 4p
Summary:This document is a letter written by Tennessee Governor John Sevier (1796-1801, 1803-1809) to Cherokee agent Silas Dinsmore, dated March 30, 1797. In the letter, Sevier demanded that the Cherokee chiefs do their best to apprehend and punish those from amongst their nation who were responsible for the murders of several citizens of Tennessee. He also assured Dinsmore that it is his intention to punish any white men who committed violence against the Cherokee Nation. Sevier requested that Dinsmore read aloud to the Chiefs of the nation a letter enclosed with this one and to assure them that the state of Tennessee only desired to be at peace with them.
Collection: Governor John Sevier Papers

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Knoxville 30 th March 1797

I am induced to believe, that the Cheifs [Chiefs] of the Cherokee nation have possessed time sufficient to fully assertain [ascertain] by whom the late Murders have been committed on Several of the Citizens of the State of Tennessee ,.

I demand that the Cheifs [Chiefs] of the Cherokee Nation apprehend, And bring to condign punishment, those of their nation, who have been guilty of the perpetrations, and Shall expect the leaders of the Nation will evince, a disposition to Strictly and explicitly comply With the Articles of the Subsisting treaty between their nation and the United States . On the part of this State, you will permit me to assure You, that those white persons who have so flagrantly Violated, the laws of this and the United States , by committing violences on any [added: part] of the Cherokee Nation , shall not be suffered to escape with

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That it is the perfect intention of the executive, and A Sincere desire, that Such Violators of the Cruel laws And treaties existing between the United States and the indian tribes, As also their disregard to the feelings of humanity, may and shall suffer agreably [agreeably] to the demerits of their Crimes, so far As the Government Shall have energy Sufficient to inflect [inflict] [added: the Same] which I have no doubt is fully competant [competent] and adequate —

With this is accompanied [added: by] one to the Cheifs [Chiefs] On the Subject, which you will please to have read and explained to them, and give them Assure the nation that it is the desire of the State of Tennessee , to continue an uninterupted [uninterrupted] peace, reciprocity of friendship, and a friendly intercourse, So far as the good conduct of the Nation may Warrant [added: and merit] the same

I have the honor to be with very Sincere
and great respect, your mo. obt. Ser [most obedient Servant]
J [John] Sevier
Silas Dinsmore Esqr. [Esquire]

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[added: Sir,
Please to make out a copy of this, in order that it may be delivered to the agent with the other Which I wish the Secy. [Secretary] to do with his own hands I under stand [understand] the agent is going to Tellico early to day [today]]

Letter to the
agent of the Cherokees
30 March 1797
No [Number] 11

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