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Collection Reference Number GLC02437.05596
From Archive Folder The Henry Knox Papers [0113] September 1792 
Title David McClure to Henry Knox about hostilities with the Native Americans
Date 3 September 1792
Author McClure, David (1748-1820)  
Recipient Knox, Henry  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description 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 ... "
Subjects American Indian History  Northwest Indian War  Religion  Revolutionary War General  Peace  Frontiers and Exploration  Westward Expansion  Northwest Territory  Diplomacy  Government and Civics  Law  Education  
People Knox, Henry (1750-1806)  McClure, David (1748-1820)  
Place written East Windsor, Connecticut
Theme Creating a New Government; Westward Expansion; Native Americans; Government & Politics; French & Indian Wars
Sub-collection The Henry Knox Papers
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859