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Letter from Samuel Johnston to Joseph Martin
Johnston, Samuel, 1733-1816
March 14, 1789
Volume 21, Pages 536-537

[From Executive Letter Book.]

Edenton, 14th March, 1789.


I have received your Letter of the 5th of Feb’y and very much approve of your measures in bringing about a cessation of Hostilities

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with the Cherokees, and sincerely congratulate you on your success in that undertaking.

Sevier, from the state of his conduct set forth in your Letter, appears to be incorrigible, and I fear we shall have no peace in your quarter till he is proceeded against to the last extremity. It is a pity that any of the ignorant, deluded people should suffer with him, and it would be charitable in any one to admonish them of their danger, by representing to them the true complexion of their conduct, which is in direct opposition to the measures not only of this State, but of all the States in the Union. They can be considered in no other light but that of free Booters and Robbers, and unless they refrain from those horrid, atrocious Acts of Barbarity which have been so frequently repeated in that Quarter, they will be looked upon as the enemies of Mankind in general and treated accordingly.

I most earnestly request you to use every practicable means in your power to restrain these people within due bounds, and at the same time to cultivate by every proper means, a friendly intercourse with the Indians.

I am, &c.,