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Letter from Alexander Martin to Joseph Martin
Martin, Alexander, 1740-1807
August 04, 1783
Volume 16, Pages 856-857

[From Executive Letter Book.]

Danbury, 4th August, 1783.


I have been favoured with yours by Mr. Mitchell, and am much pleased with the account you give me from the Indians, that they

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are satisfied with the intentions of the Assembly. I am sorry that no goods can be procured in the County suitable for them, and must wait until they can be had from England or Holland, which will not arrive until late in the fall or winter, and it is in vain to meet them without I have something to give them. I am doubtful they will not be satisfied with the quantity of the Goods when they are informed of it. This must be managed with some address, you will please to communicate as soon as possible1 that I may hear from the Chickamoggys whom you omitted to montion to me in your letter. You will also present them with the articles of Peace and my Proclamation enclosed, and enterpret the same to their satisfaction. This attention paid to them may have a proper effect, not only ascertaining to them our present independence and importance but may prove the way to a more easy acquisition of the object of the Treaty and may tend to cultivate peace and harmony between them & us. You will write to General McDowal respecting some Cherokee prisoners somewhere in Burke or Lincoln Counties. You will enclose him my orders to have them delivered up to you, to be sent home to their Nation with all convenient speed.



1 See the letter above.