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    Timothy Pickering Autograph Letter Signed Writing of an Indian Treaty with the Five Nations. Two pages, 8" x 9.375", Philadelphia, August 25, 1791. Signed "T. Pickering" at close. It reads in part regarding the Five Nations: "...from them no danger is to be apprehended: they are firmly resolved on peace".

    Timothy Pickering (1745-1829). A man of formidable administrational ability, Pickering held increasingly important posts during and after the Revolutionary War. He was an adjutant-general and Quartermaster General of the continental Army, then Washington's Postmaster General, Secretary of War, and Secretary of State. Returning to private life about 1800, he was U.S. Representative and Senator intermittently until his death.

    Condition: Loss of a few words along folds, archivally repaired.

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    "I just now found at your house your favour of the 18th in which you gently upbraid me for not writing by a former conveyance. I had notice from Mrs. H. I told her I would write; [loss of a couple words]... I did not return in time. I wanted to write more especially to give you certain information of the result of the treaty with the Five Nations but I presume this has been done by Genl. Knox; & that you already know that from them no danger is to be apprehended; they are firmly resolved on peace.


    Before this reaches you, you will have been informed of my appointment to the office of postmaster general. I shall come to reside in town myself; but not remove my family till the winter, when the snow shall render the road smooth & easy.


    I hope and trust the western campaign will succeed without bloodshed. Scott's expedition <2> was extremely fortunate; and must when combined with the consideration of the powers of the main army, impel the hostile Indians if not to make, yet to accept of offers of peace.


    Capt. Hendricks the Stockbridge Indian Chief, left the place of my treaty the _ of July [few words lost] ... hostile nations, in the name of his own nation, to mediate a peace. He is a discreet, judicious, worthy man: I hope you will have an opportunity of seeing & conversing with him; & in this case also I request you will show him attentions for my sake for I esteem him highly.


    If I obtain leave of absence I shall set off for Wyoming in two or three days when I will present your compliments as requested. Yesterday, I returned from New York. Stevens & family well. In haste affectionately adieu"


    "T. Pickering"

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