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

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


[page 1] Knoxville September 13th 1792 Friend and Brother, Before your letter came I had heard every thing that was doing in the five lower towns and I am glad to hear that you and the other headmen have stopped the party. If you had not the consequences would have been dreadful. The President has not been unmindful of the promises he made to you, that settlers should not encroach on your lands and I am surprised that you should write me "that the Citizens of the United States are daily encroaching and building on your lands" I deny positively that a single house or settlement of any kind has been made since the treaty by me entered into on the part of the United States with your Nation, on the lands of the Cherokees. I have my good brother considered well and cannot agree with you that the white people are as much to blame as the Cherokees the white people have not killed any Cherokees except in defence of their persons and horses, and I well know how many white people the Cherokees of the lower towns have killed and made prisoners, many of them helpless women and children and that they have stole a great many horses. I have a long written account of these things and I know well who have been killed and captured by the Cherokees and who by the Creeks, and I shall send this account to your Father, the President and he will judge who of us is most to blame. Keep your people from going to Cumberland and I will answer that you will receive no disturbance from that quarter neither in words nor in acts: Those people have always been observers of treaties and never intruders on your lands and I shall inform them that your young people [page 2] have desisted from their determination of invading them for the present but I shall direct them to keep strong Guards in the blockhouses which I have ordered to be erected on their frontiers, not to offend any good people but to protect the Citizens of the United States against bad ones, Creeks and others. The people of Cumberland are Citizens of the United States and as much the care of the president as the people of Philadelphia are, and he is equally desirous that your people should treat them well, and will not suffer them to be treated ill by any body. The friends of the white man killer have no cause of complaint about his loosing his horses at my house: It does not appear that they were stolen by the white people all that is known of them is that he turned them in the Woods and after a weeks search and inquiry by my servants and others they could not be recovered or heard of: I then informed him he should be paid for his horses and before he went away paid him a part and would have paid him the whole if he had not declined receiving it. He hoped and so did I that when he went away that his horses would be recovered but they are not yet heard of. The other man who was with him also turned his horses out and they came up for several days but for his want of care at length went down the River to the house of a man from whom one of them had been stolen, he took possession of her, brought her up to me and proved her before a Justice of the peace by the Oath of several disinterested evidences to be his property and by the law of the white people he is entituled to keep her without paying any thing. The man when he bought her from a Creek must have known she had been raised by the white people and was stolen: Does not all your nation agree in [page 3] informing me that the Creeks are daily stealing horses from the white people, then why do they purchases horses from them. I have not told any body that I was displeased that your people had talks with the Spaniards but I have expected that you from your friendship for the United States would have made me acquainted with what was there done. At the treaty at Nashville I invited you and Watts to be present and see and know what I did with the Chickasaws and Choctaws and as Watts chose to go to the Spaniards in preference, to be sure I expected he also would have informed me what was there done. Now my good friend and brother I have answered your letter let me tell you I have a great love for you and will be ever happy to see you and take you by the hand and I shall be ever happy in seeing John Watts. I am Your friend and brother, William Blount Signed The Bloody Fellow. Express by John Boggs [page 4] 1792 Copy of a letter from Governor Blount of the 13th September 1792 to the Bloody Fellow a Chief of the Cherokees


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

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