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Title:[Letter] 1798 July 4, Knoxville, [Tennessee, to] Alfred Moore, George Walton, and John Steele / John Sevier: a machine-readable transcription of an image
Author:Sevier, John

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Date: July 4, 1798
Extent: 2p
Summary:This document is a letter written by Tennessee governor John Sevier (1796-1801, 1803-1809) , dated July 4, 1798, to Alfred Moore, George Walton, and John Steele. Moore, Walton, and Steele were United States commissioners responsible for forming a treaty between the U.S. and the Cherokee Indians. In the letter, Sevier informed the men that James Robertson, James Stuart, and Major Lachlan McIntosh had been appointed as agents to represent the interests of the state of Tennessee in the insuing treaty. Sevier stated that the state agents would do all that is in their power to aid the commissioners in extinguishing the Cherokee claims. Sevier explained that state agents were necessary because of their connections with the region at hand, and thus, they could better represent the interests of the people there and could prove advantageous to the negotiations.
Collection: Governor John Sevier Papers

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Knoxville 4th July 1798

Genl. [General] James Robertson of Mero District , James Stuart Speaker of the house of representatives [House of Representatives], and Major Lochlan McIntosh of Knoxville who are appointed Agents on the part of the State, will have the honor of delivering you this letter —

Believing you are authorized by the United States to extinguish the claim of the Cherokees so far, as they may be induced to sell, they will have my instructions to facilitate such extinguishment, as far as in their power, And fully to State to you the claims of the people they represent —

permit me to remark Gentlemen, that this Appointment is not made under any apprehension that the Commissioners appointed by the United States , will in any manner be inattentive to the rights and interests of the people of Tennessee , but their remote and unconnected situation with the affairs of this Country, places Many very interesting circumstances and events intirely [entirely] out of their recorse [recourse] [added: knowledge]. A recurrence and development of same facts, through the aid of our agents, I am led to believe will greatly facilitate your negotiation, and avail the

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United States of some useful & particular advantages, as also [added: together with] And Also the State which they will have the honor to represent

Wishing you a happy and Successfull [Successful] Termination of the Charge with which you are invested —

I have the honor to be
respectfully your
Mo. Ob. [Most Obedient] and very Hbl Servt. [Humble Servant]
[added: John Sevier ]
Alfred Moore , George Walton And John Steele esquires } Commissioners on the part of The United States for holding A treaty with the Cherokee indians
[added: Letter to Alfred Moore
Geo. [George] Walton & John
Steele esquires [added: US [United States]
to settle Indian treaty and other matters]
4 July 1798Honl. [unclear: P. ] [Honorable ?] Genl. [General] Robertson
James Stuart and Lochlan
McIntosh esqrs. [esquires]
[added: No. [Number] 9]
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