Letter - William Blount to James Robertson, 1792 May 26

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Letter - William Blount to James Robertson
Letter - William Blount to James Robertson


[page 1] KnoxVille Saturday May 26 1792 Dear Sir, I went to Coyatee on Sunday as my letter of that day informed you I would having previously made arraingements which I depended on as certain for the forwarding the letters herewith Inclosed by an express to have sat out in a few hours after my departure for that place. I need not inform you that the person I depended upon did not fulfil my expectations nor his Engagements. As I approached Coyatee on Sunday Evening I gave the Chiefs notice, they instantly determined to receive me with all the honors the could and desired me to halt until they should be ready, in a short time they gave me notice they were ready to receive me and I advanced, the Chiefs and Indians of every description (supposed 2000) were drawn up in two lines [page 2] each from two to three hundred yards in length leaving an open space between for myself and Escort to pass on to the House erected for my reception and as soon as I entered between the lines a firing in the manner of a feu de Joy was commenced and handsomly kept up until I had passed though, Shouts apparently of Joy immediately ensued from all Quarters and in a few seconds after I alighted under the Standard of the United States I was surrounded with the whole number with countenances demonstrating more Joy than I had been a witness to on any other Occassion. I stayed at Coyatee until thursday morning and had public and private Talks with the Chiefs and others and have hopes that these appearances of Peace and friendship will be shortly realized. The grand national Council is [page 3] to be held in 28 Nights from this at Estanawba to hear the Report of the Bloody fellow & others from Philadelphia where all things are to be more fully explained than ever done heretofore. The Bloody fellow (now called General Eskaqua at the request of the Secretary of War) and John Watts are the champions of Peace and Carey who now also has great influence has entered fully and truly into the Interest & views of the United States and besides these friends I shall have Chisolm and other proper people there to lead the Council to the best possible decisions. It is much to be lamented that Mr. Shaw has no sort of Influence in the nation and I believe I may truly say with no individual Resident in it he is even the ridicule of his Ugly Squaw. And by undoubted information from Georgia Two thousand Creeks with [page 4] McGillivray at their head were on the 20th April to meet and I beleive did meet Mr. Seagrove the Superintendant of that nation at the Rock landing no Doubt for purposes of Peace. You are not to suppose from these appearances that the two Companies ordered to be raised will not be forwarded to your protection for I still am sure you have to fear the depredations of marauding parties of both nations as well as the Northern Tribes. You will please to urge forward as fast as possible the expresses to the Chickasaws & Choctaws as instructed in my letter herewith inclosed. Levy Parry and an Uncle of his from Georgia arrived here while I was at Coyatee and they, Captain George St. Tuskey and Thompson a Catawba and his Wife and Child and a Chickasaw fellow who has [page 5] been living with the Cherokees will tomorrow leave this by water for the Chickasaw Nation. Captain Brown with two of his nephews young Catawbas will stay until I come to Cumberland. Brown and George were with me at Coyatee. By levy Perry I shall send duplicates of the letters that I have written by your Son and Foster to the Chickasaws & Choctaws nevertheless they are to proceed under my Instructions and go on without delay in the same manner as if I had not. two chances of information is best. By letters from Mr. Allison of the 10th. Instant from Manchester (say Richmond) I am informed the Goods were there arrived and would be in Waggons and on their way for this place by the 14th: and I assure you they will be forwarded as soon as possible to Nashville_ nothing is now to be feared [page 6] in passing the River but want of water. Its yet uncertain in which way they will come but a boat is building. Hurry on your Son and Mr. Foster_ I will be ready for the arrival of the Indians come as soon as they will to Nashville. How is it that the people of your district who have combatted so much danger and difficulty now teach travellers to your Country to suspect they are almost in a State of Despondency? surely the danger is now greater than it ever has been! People in this quarter had like to have fallen into the same mistake (I had like to have said folly) but now again they are acting and thinking with their usual firmness. I rejoice in my visit to Coyatee the happy consequences in this quarter appear evident I am Sir Your Obedient Servant Wm. Blount [to] General Robertson [page 7] My Brother WIllie arrive here two days past from Tarboro. he informed me that on the 8th of May he passed William Ford, the Philips and Dickerson and others having 14 Carts and several Waggons about twenty Miles above Tarboro on their way to Cumberland and were to be joined by Wilson Vik and others as they passed Nash County_ The Company informed my Brother they would have thirty Men in their Company besides, women, Children & negroes_ General Rutherfurd and D. J. Lewis will be over in September with thirty Waggons so they write me_ The General has actually exchanged all his lands in No.Car for lands in Cumberland. I beg you to give Mr. McCabe the necessary Information when the Provisions will be wanting of which you can best judge. [page 8] 1792 May 26


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From the Collection: 1.26 Linear Feet (3 Hollinger boxes)

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