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Letter from Charles Thomson to Richard Caswell
Thomson, Charles, 1729-1824
October 27, 1787
Volume 20, Page 783

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Office of Secretary of Congress,
October 27th, 1787.


The United States in Congress assembled being informed that there is a probability that hostilities may have commenced, or are on the eve of commencing between the State of North Carolina and the Cherokee Nation of Indians, and between the State of Georgia and the Creek Nation of Indians, and being anxious to restore and preserve peace & harmony between the said State and the said Indians, have passed the resolutions and instructions which are herewith enclosed.

By these your Excellency will see that the States of North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia are authorized each to appoint one Commissioner; that the said Commissioners in conjunction with the Superintendent of Indian affairs for the Southern Department, or in his absence by themselves, may negotiate a treaty for establishing peace between the United States and the Tribes of Indians in the Southern Department, and that a sum of money is appropriated for this business. It now rests with those States to give efficacy to these resolves and I am persuaded your Excellency will as far as in your power take the necessary steps for carrying into execution the good intentions of Congress.

With the greatest respect, I have the Honor to be,
Your Excellency’s most Obedient & humble Servant,