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Sevier, John: [Letter] 1798 July 15, Knoxville, [Tennessee, to] Hon[ora]ble John Steele / John Sevier: a machine-readable transcription of an image

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Knoxville 15 July 1798
Dr. [Dear] Sir

In the first seting [setting] out of the treaty it has failed, And it is adjourned Until the third of Sepr [September]. I am sorry to inform you, that this has disappointed numbers, and others rejoice — I am informed that one or two of the commissioners do not mean to attend at the next meeting, if it should be the case, pray my dear friend permit me to [unclear: unk ] [added: Solicit] your interest to have some person Appointed out of this State; two would be better if possible — It would relieve [added: effectually] the friend out from implications in case of failure, and on the other hand, [added: be] the means of Accomplishing the objects contemplated by the treaty if so desired, would be Almost certain of Tennessee

I have reason to believe the Commissioners and their endeavors to Accomplish the objects of their mission As well [added: also], feel themselves much hurt at the disappointment, but they are gentlemen Wholy [wholly] unacquainted with the Indians, and there [their] manner of doing [added: in which such] business is to be conducted, therefore little I fear, is to be expected from either of them alone; permit one to name to you General James Robertson as a very suitable person to act as one of the Commissioners

I have the honor to be & C [et cetera]
[added: John Sevier ]
Honble [Honorable] John Steele

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