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Memorial from John Sevier concerning a treaty with the Cherokee Nation
Sevier, John, 1745-1815
Volume 22, Pages 727-728


The Honble. the General Assembly now Sitting.

The Memorial of John Sevier humbly Sheweth: Your Memorialist begs leave to inform your August and Honorable body, that in the month of May, in the year one thousand seven hundred and eightyfive; at the request of the people settled and inhabited on the West Side of the Apalachian Mountains, did in fair & open Treaty, held with the King and a number of The Warriors and Chiefs of the Cherokee nation, Stipulated, agreed for, & obtained, all the lands lying within the chartered limits of this State, running as far South as the dividing ridge between Little River & the Great Tennessee, and South of the Great rivers Holston and French Broad.

Your Memorialist Humbly Conceives that he was not only authorized by the people of the Western Territory alone, but was vested with a full and ample power from the Executive of North Carolina, to negotiate the Treaty aforesaid, which will more fully and at large appear on the examination of the direction & instructions received from his Excellency Alexander Martin, Esquire, then Governor of the State.

Your Memorialist begs leave to suggest that, if the Treaty aforesaid

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be properly attended to by the Legislature, that the same may be of very great importance and utility to the State.

Your Memorialist therefore, humbly pray that the same may be taken under your consideration and in duty bound will pray, &c., &c.



Memorial of John Sevier.

In Senate 20 November, 1789.

Read & referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs.

By order:
J. Haywood, C.

In House of Commons, 24 November, 1789.

Read and referred as by the Senate.

By order.
J. Hunt, C. H. C.