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The Memoirs of Rufus Putnam: And Certain Official Papers and Correspondence ...
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Page 260 - This circumstance will be a subject of your inquiry with the assembled Indian tribes ; and you may assure the parties concerned, that an equitable boundary shall be arranged with them. You will make it clearly understood, that we want not a foot of their land, and that it is theirs, and theirs only ; that they have the right to sell, and the right to refuse to sell, and that the United States will guarantee to them the said just right.
Page 227 - I really feel for those gentlemen, who, by these unaccountable delays, (by any other means than those you have suggested,) are held in such an awkward and disagreeable state of suspense ; and wish my endeavors could remove the obstacles. At Princeton, before Congress left that place, I exerted every power I was master of, and dwelt upon the argument you have used, to show the propriety of a speedy decision.
Page 261 - That the United States are highly desirous of imparting to all the Indian tribes the blessings of civilization, as the only means of perpetuating them on the earth; that we are willing to be at the expense of teaching them to read and write, to plow and to sow in order to raise their own bread and meat with certainty, as the white people do
Page xxxi - But a new plan is in contemplation — no less than forming a new state westward of the Ohio. Some of the principal officers of the army are heartily engaged in it. About a week since, the matter was set on foot, and a plan is digesting for the purpose. Enclosed is a rough draft of some propositions respecting it, which are generally approved of. They are in the hands of General Huntington and General Putnam for consideration, amendment, 1 Cutler: Life of Rev.
Page 63 - Kings bridge (a distence of about 10 mile) about nine oClock at night. I found the General alone. I reported to him the discoveries I had made, with a Sketch of the country. He complained very fealingly of the Gentlemen from New York from...
Page 362 - Brothers, we both hold this belt in our hands, — here, at this end, the United States hold it, and you hold it by the other end. The road, you see, is broad, level and clear. We may now pass to one another easy and without difficulty. Brothers, the faster we hold this belt the happier we shall be. Our women and children will have no occasion to be afraid any more. Our young men will observe that their wise men performed a good work. "Brothers, be all strong in that which- is good. Abide all in...
Page 56 - Washington desired me to tarry after dinner, and when we were alone he entered into a free conversation on the subject of storming the town of Boston. " That it was much better to draw the enemy out to Dorchester, than to attack him in Boston, no one doubted ; for if we could maintain ourselves on that point or neck of land, our command of the town and harbor of Boston would be such as would probably compel them to leave the place.
Page 364 - The Creek Nation shall deliver as soon as practicable to the commanding officer of the troops of the United States, stationed at the Rock-Landing on the Oconee river, all citizens of the United States, white inhabitants or negroes, who are now prisoners in any part of the said nation. And if any such prisoners or negroes should not be so delivered, on or before the first day of June ensuing, the governor of Georgia may empower three persons to repair to the said nation, in order to claim and receive...
Page 235 - Orleans ; and then it is absolutely necessary that the people of the western country, in some way or other, at a proper period, should be possessed of the free navigation of the Mississippi River. It does not, however, follow from hence that it will be for their interest to lose their connection with the Atlantic states ; but the contrary will appear if we consider that all the beef, pork, and mutton (from a very great part of the western country) will come to the seaports of Virginia, Maryland,...
Page 428 - ... to survey and mark the unascertained outlines of the lands lying northwest of the river Ohio, and above the mouth of the river Kentucky, in which the titles of the Indian tribes have been extinguished, and to divide the same in the manner hereinafter directed...