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Talk by Alexander Martin to the Cherokee Nation concerning settlement on Cherokee land and relations with the Chicamaugas
Martin, Alexander, 1740-1807
August 04, 1783
Volume 16, Pages 855-856

[From Executive Letter Book.]


I am informed by Colonel Martin that he delivered a Talk to you from me being then present at the last meeting of our beloved Men at Hillsborough with which he says you are pleased & satisfied. I can assure you it gives me equal pleasure, that we are likely once more to live in peace, and to pass and repass to each others’ habitations without seeing blood, without guards, without arms, and without any interruption whatever, as Brothers.—a string.


I mentioned in my last I proposed to hold a talk with you as soon as I could procure goods to make you satisfaction for the Lands that our beloved Men propose to buy from you. Colonel Martin, one of that body, will inform you of the boundaries of the Land we propose to treat for. As soon as the goods for you are purchased and arrived from over the water I will attend with them & meet you at the great Island, your beloved ground. 1000 weight of Gun powder will also be sent with the same which is now ready, exclusive of the goods. I am impatient to see and take you by the hand, but cannot until I have something to give to you.—a string.

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I can hear but little of the Chickamagas—if they are to be considered as part of your Nation, you will please to inform them, they must remove from their present habitations, & return into your Country that I may speak to them, and you in the same words and the same voice as one people. Should they not return after they have gathered their Corn, it will be deemed that they intend to continue the War, and not to be considered a part of your people, and I shall be under the necessity to send an expedition against them as enemies. I have heard of but few white prisoners they have surrendered agreeable to my Talk of last fall. If we have any prisoners belonging to them or you, I have ordered General McDowal to have them Delivered up immediately. I wish to hear from you soon on this subject.—a string.


I sent you an account of all the white people making peace, especially the English over the water, with your Elder Brother. I informed you that they had agreed to give up all claims to this Country and the Government of it; a Copy of the Treaty, & articles of Peace, I send you now with pleasure attested under the great Seal of your Elder Brother, that you may be satisfied with the truth that there is now no more war with them, and that thirteen United States or Nations now Compose the great American Empire. I also send you a proclamation, which you, as Brothers and one people with us, will please to carry into effect and enforce lest private white enemies to us both may be lurking in your Nation who may stir up mischief between us—which must be prevented, if possible forever.


Danbury, Aug. 4th, 1783.