8.10.2015

Letter from Andrew Jackson to Richard Brown

Nashville august 10th. 1815
Friend & Brother
     I have this moment recd. by the hand of Mr. McCoy your letter of the 6th. Instant--
     I am sorry any dispute should arise between you and the Creeks respecting the boundary of your land-- fearing this was the reason why I wrote you and the other chiefs to attend the treaty at Fort Jackson, in hopes your chiefs and the chiefs of the creek nation could settle upon your lines & boundaries before the signing of the treaty, that it might have been stated therein-- Colo Meiggs and yourself were verry anxious to have your boundaries settled, before the conclusion of the treaty-- Major McIntosh and the other chiefs of the creek nation would not enter into the discussion and final adjustment of the boundary with you until they had finished the treaty with me-- I was therefore that Justice might be done compelled, in the treaty with the creeks to call for the cherokee line, where it was agreed on by all to cross the coosee river at the ten Islands and then with it to the chickasaw boundary &c &c after I had concluded the treaty with the creeks you and Colo. Meiggs again attempted to have the boundaries between the cherokees and creeks settled--In which I was sorry to find, that some warmth was likely to arise between you and & Major McIntosh-- but finally you came to the conclusion stipulated in an article to which I am a witness with Colonel Hawkins Colonel Miggs & others-- a copy of which I would send you but it is in the possession of Major Jno. Reid at Franklin and Mr. McCoy says there is a copy in the hands of Colonel Lowry and another in the hands of Colonel Meiggs, which he can get with greater convenience, than to go by Franklin--Notwithstanding this agreement was entered into after the treaty with the creeks, it will be viewed by the commissioners as the evidence of the claim then set up by the cherokees, and if supported by the evidence of the old men of your nation, and the old men of the creek nation, will be confirmed by the commissioners-- It will at all times give me pleasure, to aid in procuring Justice to you and your nation, the part you & your warriors took with me against the hostile creeks will always ensure you my friendship & that of the united states-- I hope my friend Capt. Hutchings has handed you the sword I sent you by him-- you must wear it for my sake and a token of the friendship your father the President of the united states, has for you & your nation I am your friend & brother

Andrew Jackson