St. Clair and Wayne (cont'd.) Louisiana and Aaron Burr

 
9781236219466: St. Clair and Wayne (cont'd.) Louisiana and Aaron Burr

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904 Excerpt: ...people. When Blount visited Philadelphia in the summer of 1793 to urge a 65 Robertson MSS., Pickering to Blount, March 23, 1795 vigorous national war as the only thing which could bring the Indians to behave themselves,86 he reported that Washington had an entirely just idea of the whole Indian business, but that Congress generally knew little of the matter and was not disposed to act.87 His report was correct; and he might have added that the Congressmen were no more ignorant, and no more reluctant to do right, than their constituents. The truth is that the United States Government during the six years from 1791 to 1796 behaved shamefully to the people who were settled along the Cumberland and Holston. This was the more inexcusable in view of the fact that, thanks to the example of Blount, Sevier, and Robertson, the Tennesseeans, alone among the frontiersmen, showed an intelligent appreciation of the benefits of the Union and a readiness to render it loyal support. The Kentuckians acted far less rationally; yet the Government tolerated much misconduct on their part, and largely for their benefit carried on a great national war against the Northwestern Indians. In the Southwest almost all that the Administration did was to prohibit the frontiersmen from protecting themselves. Peace was finally brought about largely through the effect of Wayne's victory, and the knowledge of the Creeks that they would have to stand alone in any further warfare; but it would not M Blount MSS., Blount to Smith, June 17, 1793. 81 Robertson MSS., Blount to gentleman in Cumberland, Philadelphia, Aug. 28, 1793. have been obtained at all if Sevier and the other frontier leaders had not carried on their destructive counter-inroads into the Cherokee and Upper Creek country, and if un...

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