Letter - The Bloody Fellow to James Robertson (copy of a letter from William Blount to the Bloody Fellow), 1792 September 13

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Letter - The Bloody Fellow to James Robertson (copy of a letter from William Blount to the Bloody Fellow)
Letter - The Bloody Fellow to James Robertson (copy of a letter from William Blount to the Bloody Fellow)

Transcription

[page 1] Knoxville September 13th 1792 Friend and Brother Your letter of the 10th Instant is just handed to me I had several days before heard that a party of the young warriors were collecting in the five lower towns for war against the United States and I was getting men together to meet them but I am glad to hear that you, the Bloody Fellow John Watts and other head men have sent them home, I will send mine home except a few who I shall station on the frontiers in blockhouses to protect the frontier people from the Creeks who you and your people tell me are daily passing through your nation with a determination to do mischief to the Citizens of the United States. I shall not build these blockhouses on the lands of the Cherokees but on the lands of the United States. I advise you to tell your good people not to come upon the lands of the United States because they may be taken for bad ones and I shall be very sorry for it, but if any of your people want to come here let them come openly and fearless along the path by Major Craigs then no body will hurt them and I will be glad to see them. I did not hear the talk General Robertson gave to Codeatoy but General Pickens did and I believe he spoke to Codeatoy as well as General Robertson and I think as they are both good men and known to be friends to the Red people as white, that neither of them would have sent a talk that could justly have given your young people such offense. [page 2] Codeatoy must not have understood what was said or must have forgot it before he reached your towns_ I do not believe he would tell a lie_ I am sure he is an honest man_ But suppose General Robertson had sent you a bad talk, he is only a warrior under me and your people ought not to be so offended at it as to make War against the United States. It is my talks you ought to attend to and not to those of any body else except to those of the President or the Secretary of War; it is us and no body else the United States have authorised to talk to you and transact business with you on their part. The making of War be the offence what it will is a very serious thing with all nations and never should be entered into without being first well considered. The consequences are always dreadful not only to the Warriors but to the innocent and helpless women and children and old men. I did as you supposed see your letter to Captain Chisolm and was well pleased with it and I saw Jack Sevills who brought it he gave a very good report of you and I read Captain Chisolms answer of which I approved. I have inquired into the beating which you complain your friend the white man killer received at this place; it happened as you know while I was at Cumberland: It appears the white man killer was drinking with some white people in a tavern at this place among whom was a Mr. White, that the white man killer having drunk too much insulted Mr. John White who had also drank to great excess which provoked Mr. White to strike [page 3] him but not with an Intention to kill: It was a drinking affair only and I understood was so settled when the parties got sober. I shall be glad to see you and take you by the hand at my house whever you will please to come_ I am Your friend and brother William Blount Signed The Glass a Chief of the Cherokees Express by John Boggs [page 4] Copy of a letter from Governor Blount of the 13th September 1792 to the Glass a Chief of the Cherokees Sept 14

Dates

  • Other: 1792 September 13

Extent

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

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English


 

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