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Letter from Richard Winn to Samuel Johnston
Winn, Richard, 1750-1818
December 13, 1788
Volume 21, Page 509

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[From Executive Letter Book.]

Winnsborough, Dec. 13th, 1788.


Since I had the honor of addressing your Excellency last on Indian Affairs I have received Talks from the Cherokees a Copy of which I beg leave to lay before you, by this you will see the disposition of that Nation is to come to a friendly Treaty. A Non-compliance with the resolves of Congress by your State now, will undoubtedly be construed by the Indians, that we are only deceiving and lulling them into security that they may be the more easily destroyed; in this belief should such neglect continue and no Supplies nor Commissions be sent forward, there is great probability that the Southern Tribes may yet unite (as I have a right to believe, ’tis what McGilveray is trying to do) and involve the Union into an unnecessary and bloody War which a Well timed peace might prevent. I trust these things to your Excellency’s serious consideration, and wish you to fix on the time and place with me for finishing so good a work. The Creeks are requested to meet in May or June next. Should a Treaty take place with both Nations at the same time, it would be attended with less expence than to treat separately. Could you not immediately fall on a mode of Supplies, by sending a Commissioner, we could determine that matter to you with as little inconvenience to your State as the Nature of the Case will admit of.

As I have assured the Indians that all Hostilities would cease, I must request your Excellency to issue a Proclamation for a Suspension of Arms to take place immediately.

I have the Honor, &c., &c.,