Talk by the Cherokee Nation to Samuel Johnston concerning a treaty between North Carolina and the Cherokee
Cherokee Indian Nation
Volume 21, Pages 534-535
AT A GENERAL MEETING HELD AT TURKEYS TOWN, OTHERWISE CALLED NEW SENECA, IN THE CHEROKEE NATION, PRESENT THE CHICKAMAUGA CHIEFS.
[From Executive Letter Book.]
March 10, 1789.
We, the Warriors, called a meeting at the receipt of your Talk. We gathered together here at our beloved Town and listened with
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attention to your Talks which we think well of. We are happy the Great Man above has put it in your mind to look towards us with pity. We are glad you have heard of the distress we are in Owing to the unruly people over the Mountains, and that you are willing to adjust and rectify the disputes between you People and our own. To establish a lasting Peace is our hearts desire. We are willing to meet the Commissioners as you desire. You mention French Broad as a proper place for holding a Treaty, this place we look upon to be too near to those who have injured us. We therefore point out and make choice of Senekaa or Hopewell, on the Keewee, as the most proper place. There are the Benches and Tobacco which your beloved men and ours made use of at the last Treaty, Therefore it is most agreeable to us to meet you there. The Commissioners of the great Congress told us at the Treaty of Hopewell, that we should hear from them in three months again and now when you and us meet we hope the Talks will be straight. We will put a stop to any further effusions of blood on our part. We are now done only we beg you to give us timely notice that we may be in readiness. I expect you will have plenty of provisions, &c., as there will be the principal Warriors of this Nation at the Treaty. You will receive this by our good friend, Alex. Dromgoole. We the subscribers with great respect remain your Brothers.