Summary: This is a letter written to Benjamin Hawkins, U.S. Agent to the Creeks, from Tennessee Governor John Sevier (1796-1801, 1803-1809) on February 17, 1797. Sevier recounts the story of two escaped slaves belonging to Capt. James Richardson who ended up in the Cherokee Nation and were later taken by a Creek man, who is said to be holding them until the Cherokees return horses that were stolen from him. He asks Hawkins to see that the slaves are returned. Sevier also tells Hawkins that he suspects that Creeks or Cherokees have recently been committing aggressions against settlers in the Cumberland settlement.
17 February 1797
Sometime past two Negro fellows belonging to
I beg of you to exert your influence to keep those indians within bounds And have the both the Negroes and horses returned as soon as possible, otherways it will be impossible we need not expect to Support peace and tranquility Much longer to the negroes belongs to a person in Moderate Circumstances, and the loss is very injurious considerably Sensibly felt by him and his family -- I hope the pleasure of seeing You in the spring at this place, in the mean time hope request you will communicate to me any everything that may be interesting to our frontiers or the state.
I have the honor & c
Superintendant of Indian affairs
NOTE: Information obtained from the University System of Georgia Library
Transcribed by Kim Gordon
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