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Collection Reference Number GLC02437.05664
From Archive Folder The Henry Knox Papers [0114] October 1792 
Title David McClure to Henry Knox on a plan for spreading U.S. civilization among Native Americans
Date 22 October 1792
Author McClure, David (1748-1820)  
Recipient Knox, Henry  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Responds to a previous letter from Knox (GLC02437.10255) and thanks him for ordering copies of his "Sermons on the Moral law." States that Knox has suggested the only plan for teaching the Native Americans "civilization": "an incorporation of white men & women with them by intermarriages." Says that if twenty or thirty virtuous young men could be found to take part in Knox's plan, he is convinced "they would tame & civilize the Indians and render them valuable Members of Society." Discusses two main obstacles that will hinder the plan: the hostile disposition of the Indians and the "supposed dishonor of such a Union." Writes that the plan would be most successful along the frontiers, and suggests that in addition to the proposed idea for intermarriage, young Indian boys should be raised among white families in order to learn "husbandry and the mechanical arts." Goes on to discuss "plans for the civilization of the Indians" in great detail, expressing his wish that government will peaceably "tame & civilize so dreadful a foe ... "
Subjects American Indian History  Revolutionary War General  Religion  Morality and Ethics  Book Selling  Literature and Language Arts  Education  Marriage  Women of the Founding Era  Women's History  Sexuality  Westward Expansion  Frontiers and Exploration  Military History  Peace  Industry  Agriculture and Animal Husbandry  Children and Family  
People Knox, Henry (1750-1806)  McClure, David (1748-1820)  
Place written East Windsor, Connecticut
Theme Native Americans; Education; Westward Expansion; Industry; Religion; Arts & Literature; Merchants & Commerce
Sub-collection The Henry Knox Papers
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859
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