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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from Richard Winn to Samuel Johnston
Winn, Richard, 1750-1818
August 09, 1788
Volume 21, Page 490

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[From Executive Letter Book.]

Winnsborough, August 9th, 1788.


By Talks received from the Cherokee Chiefs of the lower Town that a party with Col. Jno. Sevier have destroyed several of their Towns, killed near 30 of their people and made one prisoner. Notwithstanding this, they declare for peace and say it is the Creeks and not them that do any mischief to the Whites; and as it is the wish of Congress to hold a Treaty with this Nation as soon as possible, I take the liberty to request that you will write to the Commanding Officer of the Frontier of your State not to permit any party whatever to interrupt such Towns of Indians as behave & declare themselves peaceable.

It is my duty further to acquaint you that the said Cherokee Chiefs have given Notice, as to the part of their Nation where these outrages have been committed, they mean to spill Blood.

For the safety of the Frontier Inhabitants it may not be amiss to keep a watchful eye over these merciless Savages, but this, Sir, rests with yourself.

I am, &c.

P. S.—The Indians say 30 Towns are for peace. I suppose it is their Back or Over hill Towns that are for War.