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Title:[Letter] 1797 Apr. 24, Knoxville, [Tennessee, to] the Hon[ora]ble the Sec[retar]y of the Department of War [James McHenry] / J[ohn] S[evier] : a machine-readable transcription of an image
Author:Sevier, John

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Date: April 24, 1797
Extent: 4p
Summary:This document is a letter written to James McHenry, Secretary of War, from Governor John Sevier (1796-1801, 1803-1809) on April 24, 1797. The letter is mainly in reference to the arrival of two men by the names of Hawkins and Pickens in Tennessee in order to determine the Indian boundary line. Sevier explained that the drawing of the line had caused much uneasiness among Tennessee settlers who feared that their residences might fall within Indian boundaries. Sevier suggested that the drawing of the line be postponed in the case of conflict with the European powers, for he also warned the the Creeks, Cherokees, Choctaws, and Chickasaws were all in friendly alliances with the Spanish government. Sevier feared that drawing the line would only spark tensions between these tribes and the American citizens.
Collection: Governor John Sevier Papers

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Knoxville 24 April 1797

Messr Hawkins & Pickens are in the Vicinity, About to commence asscertaining [ascertaining] and marking the line, which causes much diquietude among those which have apprehensions of falling within the indian [Indian] limits, as also a number of others who have claims to lands that may fall within the same

I hope I shall not be understood as having Any intention of dictating to the Executive of the United States , but with all due deferance [deference], beg leave to observe and Very Sincerely request, that if it Should so happen (which I pray may be averted) A ruption between the United States and any of the European powers; that the runing [running] of the line could be evaded and procrastinated Until a time more Suitable would present itself, for such a purpose —

I am fully aware of the necessity of Quieting and harmonizing the disposition of the indians, but beg leave to observe that good and Satisfactory reasons may be given for a Susspension [Suspension], especially if they

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if they have Any disposition to be either friendly or Neutrel [Neutral]; In my opinion

Information to you through the agency of the Southern department I have no doubt is transmitted with Great candour [candor] and accuracy, and what ever [whatever] may be the report, rest assured that the Creeks , Cherokees, choctaws [Choctaws] , and chickasaws [Chickasaws] , Are in Very friendly alliances with, and much influenced by the [added: neighbouring [neighboring]] Spanish Governments. adjoining

Some late disturbances which I did not think of Magnitude Sufficient to trouble you with, is in my opinion Well reconciled, and the executive of this State will employ all the Means in his power to promote friendly and good understanding with The Indian tribes, but beg leave to give it as my opinion that [added: at] the present Crisis nothing would tend More readily to a disquiet on both sides, then the asscertaining [ascertaining] and marking the line, having good reasons to Suppose Neither would be satisfyed [satisfied], And I believe both greatly [added: much] disappointed.

I have considered it my duty to give you the forgoing [foregoing] information, humbly Submiting [Submitting] it for your Consideration [added: deliberation], in order that you may eventually resort to such measures, as Occurances [Occurrences], and events may

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Transpire take place

require —

I have the honor to be Very respectfully
Your Mo. Ob. Serv. [Most Obedient Servant]
JL [John Sevier]
The Honble [Honorable] the Secy [Secretary] of the department of War [added: James McHenry
Phil [Philadelphia] ]

Secry [Secretary] War
24 apl [April] 1797
copy issued
No [Number] [unclear: unk ]

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