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Collection Reference Number GLC02437.03747
From Archive Folder The Henry Knox Papers [0092] November-December 1789 
Title Extract of a letter from Judge Pendleton
Date 30 December 1789
Author Pendleton, Nathaniel (1756-1821)  
Additional authors Knox, Henry (1750-1806)
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description A retained file copy in Henry Knox's hand. Complains of living in "a place where corruption prevades [sic] every public department, and rudeness every private society. I confess I cant find words sufficient to express the indignation I feel at our late proceedings, and still less at the motives of the leaders of them - the legislature has just adjourned after having sold 15,500 000, acres of our western territory to a parcel of jobbers, that it would have disgraced a man of character to have had any dealings with." Discusses his disappointment with the corruption of Congress for selling the land so cheaply. Also mentions affronts to Congress by the Indians in Florida, arguing that if Congress decides to go to war, they should delay telling Creek leader [Alexander] McGillivray, "because by a sudden incursion they might plunder and destroy this State [Georgia], McGillivray would take refuge at Pensacola & leave the indians to shift for themselves after securing his Booty."
Subjects American Indian History  Revolutionary War General  Judiciary  Corruption and Scandal  Government and Civics  Politics  Land Transaction  Frontiers and Exploration  Westward Expansion  Continental Congress  Congress  Finance  Military History  
People Knox, Henry (1750-1806)  Pendleton, Nathaniel (1756-1821)  McGillivray, Alexander (1750-1793)  
Place written Savannah, Georgia
Theme Creating a New Government; Westward Expansion; Government & Politics; Native Americans
Sub-collection The Henry Knox Papers
Additional Information Nathaniel Pendleton was Judge Edmund Pendleton's nephew. A later note on the document lists the date as 30 December 1787, but the docket and the date on the first page indicate that it is, in fact, 1789.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859
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