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Title:[Letter] 1797 June 8, Knoxville, [Tennessee, to] warriors & cheifs [sic] of the Cherokee Nation / J[ohn] Sevier: a machine-readable transcription of an image
Author:Sevier, John

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Date: June 8, 1797
Extent: 4p
Summary:This document is a letter written on June 8, 1797, to the warriors and chiefs of the Cherokee Nation by John Sevier, governor of Tennessee from 1796-1801 and 1803-1809. In the letter, Sevier explains that there has been talk of a war between the United States and England. He says that England will try to get the Cherokee warriors to fight against the Americans, and warns the chiefs not to let their young men and warriors listen to this talk and remain loyal to the United States.
Collection: Governor John Sevier Papers

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Knoxville 8th day of June 1797

I have no doubt but you have heard that some disputes is likely to take place, tho [though] I hope it will not be the case, between America Us and some of the Nations over and beyond the Great Waters. Should Such a war take place, I have reason to believe they will endeavor to cause the young Warriors of your Nation [unclear: unk ] more to lift the hatchet against your brothers the americans [Americans] . I take this opportunity my brothers to Warn you in time, that you may Watch over your Young men, who is too apt to listen

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to talks of War, (I dont [don't] mean the young men of your Nation in particular) but of all other young men, as well as those of yours Nation, is too ready to listen to talks of this kind, without considering the great injury it May do to the good people of their nation, And the many poor women & children that Always Suffers in consequence of such events.

None my friends Should any people whatever come or Send in to [added: into] your Nation requesting or encouraging your people to make war, against any of your American brothers, dont [don't] you listen to them their talks, but on the contrary hold your brothers fast by the hand, who is the only people that can be your good friends, or [added: your] great enemies; we live Very Close near to each other and on the same land, And it is the wish of [added: all] the [added: good] Americans , to live in peace and friendship with all [added: you & all] their red brothers

The people over the big water dont [don't] care much

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about us people of America , and was we to go to war Against each other and kill and destroy each other over so much, they would only laugh at us for it, and call us fools — I hope you will listen well to my talks and think good of them in your hearts — remember that I have always advised you to live in peace, with Your American brothers, and also all other people, and your own good Sense will none tell you, it would have been best for you to have lived in peace — You remember last war you was told by people over the Great Water , that the Americans was like nothing that they would all be killed & drive away, but you have long seen such [added: those] stories was all false, you see the Americans is still here
and as firm as the mountains therefore I hope you will listen to [added: no], more talks of such a kind

Your friend & brother
J. [John] Sevier
Warriors & Chiefs
of the Cherokee Nation

8th June 179[gap]
No. [Number] 5

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