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|Collection Reference Number
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|The Henry Knox Papers  November-December 1789
|Extract of a letter from Judge Pendleton
|30 December 1789
|Pendleton, Nathaniel (1756-1821)
|Knox, Henry (1750-1806)
|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."
|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
|Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Pendleton, Nathaniel (1756-1821) McGillivray, Alexander (1750-1793)
|Creating a New Government; Westward Expansion; Government & Politics; Native Americans
|The Henry Knox Papers
|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.
|The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
|Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859
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