6.23.2015

Letter to Andrew Jackson from John Strother

Ft. Strother June 23d. 1815

Dear General
     I am still at this place with Colo Wm. Barnett, General Seveir not yet arrived, nor no dispatches from him, nor have we heard from Colo. John Kershaw since he left this place in the strange manner he did-- Colo. Barnettt is not only very unpleasantly situated, but in my opinon, very improperly neglected by his colleagues & I am of opinions he feels it sensably but bears it with silence-- this day he sends an express to Genl. Seveir, on the return of which, he will determine on something conclusive. If Genl. Seveir does not come on with the express, or give such assureances of his being on shortly after, I am of opinon, the boundary lines will not be commenced running this season-- should this be the case it may probably take an army to guard the commissioners in running them hereafter-- indeed from every thing which I am capable of drawing correct conclusions from at this place, I am as much disposed to believe that, the principal opposition tothe running the treaty lines will be experianced from the friendly part of the creeks, who I am told states, that they think the Genl. Government are in much of a hurry to get the lands before they, on their part, have compiled with the terms of the treaty in supplying them with provisions &c. Again, I am told that Colo. Hawkins (the notorious hostile cheif) has given it as his opinon, that unless the commissioners are fully authorised to make full & ample remuneration to the Indians for all the losses they had sustained in the course of the War, that blood would be split in running the lines, but more particularly in sectioning the country-- & that he had reason to beleive, & had no doubt, but that the Indians would claim themselves as protected under the provision of the British treaty--as a proof of this latter opinion, he shewed to Colo. Kershaw, or gave him a copy of a letter from Nichols, the British agent, who stated that, the Indians were determined to clim themselves protected by that treaty & through Hawkins forwarned the United States from Interfereing with the Indian lands--as the grounds of his first opinion relative to remuneration for losses--he furnished Colo. Kershaw witha  letter which Genl. Pinkney had sent him stating the terms on which the Genl. Government would make a peace--recollect, this Letter was dated previous to your treaty with them and had no connection with it. why Colo Hawkins should at this time attempt, at this time in this oblique manner, to make impropre impressions on the minds of teh commissioners, or any of them, I leave to be solved by politicians--mathematical objects is my province here, & to that text I stick.
     I fear that Colo Kershaw has received some improper impressions form their great little man Hawkins Colo Barnett will stick close to the text of the treaty & the law-- & if he is well seconded all will be right, & nothing but coercion on the part of the Indians, that with a very formadable force will stop him.
     Genl. Gaines passed this post on the 18th. 19th. Inst. for deposit &c. he apprehends no dainger of our being interupted in running the lines-- he has promised to order on a proper supply to this post, which would be quite acceptable, as we have had nothing except forrage, since we have been here but such private supplys as I had ordered on from Huntsville on my rout out-- The evil spirits stated by the natives to reside in a deep hole in the ten islands, have surely employed all their mischevious machinations to prevent this post from being supplyed with provisions, and thereby determined to starve out all the great men ordered here by the government--surely the place must be inchated-- at least to me it is among the unlucky spots in this world where I have been doomed to see & experience little else but trouble & heartakes--
     Your orders to the officers commanding at the different posts near the lines designated in the creek treaty to furnish the comissioners with such guards as they may call for was received by Colo. Barnett a few days past-- Adieu and believe me respectfully your Obt. Hble. Servant--

John Strother

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