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Title:[Letter] 1797 Apr. 26, Knoxville, [Tennessee, to] Benj[amin] Hawkins / J[ohn] S[evier]: a machine-readable transcription of an image
Author:Sevier, John

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Date: April 26, 1797
Extent: 2p
Summary:This document is a letter written by Governor John Sevier (1796-1801, 1803-1809) to Benjamin Hawkins, agent and superintendent to the Creek Nation, dated April 26, 1797. Sevier wrote the letter on behalf of a woman by the name of Lillean Williams, who was taken prisoner by Creeks several years ago. While under Creek supervision, Williams had given birth to a daughter, and since the girl was born in the Creek Nation, she was not released with her mother. Sevier requested that Hawkins make enquiries regarding the whereabouts and possible release of the girl, who was then eight years old.
Collection: Governor John Sevier Papers

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Knoxville 26th April 1797

Mrs Lillean Williams an inhabitant of the State of Gorgia [Georgia] informed [added: me] on yesterday, that She was taken a prisoner Several some years ago by the Creeks , & that at the time she was liberated She left behind her in the town called [unclear: cahjoy ] A small daughter, which she called Molly. the indians called her Esnahatehee , about 8 years old —

Mrs. Williams says that at the time of her release, the indians refused to let the child come in with her, because it was born in their Nation, she being pregnant at the time of Being made a prisoner — the child is on the uper [upper] Creek towns about 60 miles below Turky [Turkey] town — You will please to make I have no doubt you will make the proper enquiry and have the Girl sent in either to this place or ninty [Ninety ] Six —

I have the honor to be Sir & c [et cetera]
JS. [John Sevier]
Benj. [Benjamin] Hawkins esqr. [esquire]

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copy of a letter
to Benjamin Hawkins
Esquire Superintendent
26 April 1797
No [Number] 9
Copy Issued — Recorded

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