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Letter from Alexander Martin to Isaac Shelby
Martin, Alexander, 1740-1807
July 23, 1782
Volume 16, Page 696

[From Executive Letter Book.]

Silver Creek, Burke County,
July 23rd, 1782.


I have been in this neighborhood some time, and expected the pleasure of seeing you, but as I have not had the opportunity, General McDowal will communicate to you the plan of the Cherokee expedition, who informs me will be the bearer of this. I flatter myself the commands as I have formed them will be acceptable to you both, and answer the desired effect in chastising that unruly nation.

I am sorry to hear some friendly Indians were lately murdered by some wicked, evil minded persons, while on their way to trade with our people. If these facts are true, you will do your utmost endeavours to have these persons apprehended and tried either at your Court of Oyer, or Superior Court, for murder, placing them under proper guards. Such actions disgrace a Government where they pass with impunity.

I am told that some disorderly persons have opposed the Law for raising the eighteen months Men. This opposition I am sensible you will endeavour to quell, as it destroys all Civil Government. These persons must either consider themselves subjects of the State or not; if not they are out of its protection consequently ought to be treated as rioters, or enemies to the Government. Your good sense will teach you how to deal with these people, showing them the dangerous consequences should they persist in the same of totally unhinging the Government, and reducing all to anarchy and confusion in your part of the State.

I am Sir, &c.,