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    Treaty of Chickasaw Council House

    Secretary of War William H. Crawford Chickasaw Treaty Letter Signed, "Wm. H. Crawford," two pages in a secretarial hand, 7.75" x 10", War Department, no location given, September 10, 1816, to Andrew Jackson, David Meriwether and Jesse Franklin, likely Tennessee, but no location named. Here Secretary Crawford issues instructions to his commissioners for what would become the September 20, 1816 Treaty of Chickasaw Council House. The letter reads:
    "Inclosed [sic] you will receive an extract of a letter from the agent of the United States in the Cherokee nation, from which it is conjectured, that you will receive some aid in accomplishing the objects of your mission. It is presumed that col. Meigs has furnished you with the information which it contains, as it will necessarily have some influense upon the negotiations with which you are charged. The commissioners for running the lines of the Creek cession, have represented against the running and marking of the line, designated in the Cherokee convention, as infringing upon their rights. Altho' it is manifest, that they have no interest in the matter, as the Cherokee claim to the lands north of that line will not receive any additional force from that event, nor the Chickasaw claim to the south of it, be in any degree weakened, yet as the negotiations with which you are charged, may make the running of a part of that line unnecessary, until the result of your efforts shall be known. They have also been instructed to run and mark any line connected with the Creek purchase, which may be made necessary by the treaty or treaties which you may conclude, without waiting for further directions from this department. To enable them to fulfill this duty with the least possible delay, you are required to furnish them with a definition of the lines which it shall be their duty to run, pursuant to their instructions. It will be proper to stipulate for the attendance of Indian Commissioners, for the purpose of marking the lines, and that immediately after the termination of the negotiations." Overall age toning with moderate ink bleed-through, slight loss to the upper left corner and in the upper margin, the latter affecting text on the verso. The paper maintains its integrity and is in good condition.


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