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Collection Reference Number GLC02437.08165
From Archive Folder The Henry Knox Papers [0097] October-December 1790 
Title Cornplanter's memorial
Date ca. 27 December 1790
Author Knox, Henry (1750-1806)  
Document Type Legal document; Land transaction document
Content Description Titled and docketed as “Objects of the memorial of the Cornplanter.” Lists nine points addressed by Cornplanter (a Seneca chief) in his memorial. The issues pertain primarily to land disputes and claims to having been cheated.
Subjects American Indian History  Diplomacy  Government and Civics  Military History  Boundary or Property Dispute  Land Transaction  Treaty  Corruption and Scandal  
People Knox, Henry (1750-1806)  
Theme Native Americans; Westward Expansion
Sub-collection The Henry Knox Papers
Additional Information This appears to be an early draft of part of Knox’s 27 December 1790 report to [George] Washington regarding Cornplanter’s recent address. The Seneca chief had met with the president on 1 December 1790 and delivered a written address discussing a series of complaints the Seneca wished to resolve with the Americans. Washington’s secretary, Tobias Lear, forwarded a copy of the address to Knox on 24 December with the president’s request for his response. Knox replied three days later. (The sent copy of Knox’s final report is in the George Washington Papers at the Library of Congress.)
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859