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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Talk by Alexander Martin to the Cherokee Nation concerning settlement on Cherokee land
Martin, Alexander, 1740-1807
May 25, 1783
Volume 16, Page 810


Hillsborough, May 25, 1783.


Attend to the words of him you call your elder brother of North Carolina.

I presented your friendly talk and the strings of Beads sent therewith to our beloved men who assembled at this place the middle of last month, with a Letter from your other Elder Brother the Governor of Virginia, recommending that a lasting peace be established between your people and us, & urging your affairs in general to our friendly notice. With pleasure I inform you that they have listened to the same, and are much pleased with the sentiments of peace you breathe, and hope they may be sincere:—on their part I can assure you, nothing will be wanting to cement the friendship of the red and white people of North Carolina, to restore the former harmony and Intercourse that subsisted between them.—a string.


I am authorized to procure for you a quantity of goods, with which I am to purchase your consent and right for our Inhabitants to settle Lands as far as the French Broad River, which we propose to be the boundary line between you and us. I flatter myself this will be agreeable to your wishes, and as soon as they arrive I propose to have them carried to the long Island your beloved Grounds, where I expect the pleasure of taking you by the hand and arm on this subject. In the mean while I have directed General McDowell & Colonel Sevier to order, & if necessary drive off all our people who have settled or who may settle and intrude on your Lands West of French Broad River.—a string.


With great satisfaction I inform you the King of Great Britain, over the great water, hath made peace with all your elder Brothers in America, hath declared them an independent people and hath given up all right and claim to this Country, and to the Government thereof. This great event I congratulate you upon. I shall send you shortly the articles of Peace by your friend Colonel Martin our Agent appointed for Indian affairs and hope they will give you Joy.—a string.