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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Minutes of the Georgia General Assembly [Extract]
Georgia. General Assembly
January 24, 1789
Volume 22, Page 1006

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House of Assembly, Saturday, the 24th January, 1789.

W. Sullivan, from the committee to whom was referred the intercepted letters of Joseph Martin, Esq., agent to the Cherokee and Chickasaw Indians, appointed by Congress, which were laid before this House by General Matthews, brought in a report, which, being read, was agreed to by the House, and is as follows:

“Your Committee report, that whatever reasons and advantages the said Joseph Martin may have for carrying on a correspondence of a private nature with Alexander McGilvary, yet, while this State is at war with the Creek nation, and the said Joseph Martin being in the service of the United States, your Committee are of opinion that the conduct of the said Joseph Martin is culpable and responsible and your Committee request that his Honor the Governor do transmit to Congress a copy of the intercepted letter of the said Joseph Martin to Alexander McGilvary, of the Creek nation, and also copies of the resolutions of Congress attending the same, and a copy of the letter with like copies of the said resolutions to his Excellency the Governor of North Carolina, he, the said Joseph Martin, being an inhabitant of that State; and that his Honor the Governor do in his communication to Congress and the Governor of the State of North Carolina impress them with the designs of the said Martin of removing himself and property from without the reach of the law, seeking the protection of the Creek Indians, and how impossible it is for the State of Georgia to expect peace whilst the very officers of the United States are treacherously leagued with the savage tribes.

“Your Committee cannot but further observe that this letter and the resolutions of Congress were found in the possession of men of the most infamous character, living in the Creek nation, and who, at the time, had in their possession a considerable share of plunder, the property of Georgia.”