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Letter from Samuel Johnston to John Steele
Johnston, Samuel, 1733-1816
March 14, 1789
Volume 21, Pages 535-536

[From Executive Letter Book.]

Edenton, 14th March, 1789.


I have this day laid your Letter of the 19th of Feb’y before the Council of State, and agreeably to their advice have enclosed an Order to the Commanding Officer of Washington District to send on all the prisoners within his District to be exchanged at the time & place, mentioned to be agreed upon between the Commissioners and the Indian Chiefs.

I have likewise enclosed to you four warrants on the Treasury, three for one thousand Dollars each, and one for three hundred and

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thirty-three and one-third. I do not know that there is any Specie in the Treasury, but the Executive are of opinion that it is the only fund they are at liberty to draw upon on this occasion, and as the Treaty is to be held in this State, it is to be hoped that the paper Currency may answer very useful and effectual purposes.

It is very difficult to give you advice in a matter of duty imposed on you by your instructions from the Legislature. You should certainly have in view as the principal object of your appointment the Establishment of a Peace, upon such terms as may give it respectability and duration; if in negotiating this business you can with the concurrence of the other Commissioners stipulate anything favourable to North Carolina with respect to Boundary, it would be well to comply with the wishes of the General Assembly, in this particular, but by no means to embarrass the negotiation by making Demands which may create heats and protract the Negotiation without a probable prospect of Success. I heartily wish you much honor and success in this important Business and am, &c.,