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|Collection Reference Number
|From Archive Folder
|The Henry Knox Papers  September 1792
|David McClure to Henry Knox about hostilities with the Native Americans
|3 September 1792
|McClure, David (1748-1820)
|Writes concerning the state of the Indian wars. Though he prefers peaceful ways to settle the conflicts, acknowledges that "[p]acific measures which I wished ardently at first, are now probibly [sic] too late. When I wrote you, I knew not that so many attempts had been made to conciliate the hostile tribes, as I find by your public declaration, had been made." States that "The calamity of the Indian war, is, I think productive of one great good of the negative kind, which is the prevention of a too extensive emigration over the western Territory, Were this embarresment [sic] removed thousands would spread themselves over that boundless region from the Lakes to the Missisipi [sic] & I have no doubt would gradually & speedily lose the habits of subordination in society, the restraints of law & government & the means of education & religion & adopt the habits of savages ... "
|American Indian History Northwest Indian War Religion Revolutionary War General Peace Frontiers and Exploration Westward Expansion Northwest Territory Diplomacy Government and Civics Law Education
|Knox, Henry (1750-1806) McClure, David (1748-1820)
|East Windsor, Connecticut
|Creating a New Government; Westward Expansion; Native Americans; Government & Politics; French & Indian Wars
|The Henry Knox Papers
|The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
|Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859