Knox, Henry (1750-1806)
Title: The present number of troops
Notes the number of troops stationed in Ohio, Florida, the North Carolina frontier, Georgia. Troop totals add up to 1,680. Lists reasons for the proposed troop augmentation. These reasons include: to awe the Wabash and Creek Indians, to draw "a line of posts around them [the Creeks]," and to protect frontier settlements. Writes on "The situation, Temper, and views of the frontier people to be stated - and the general policy considered of protecting and regulating them - or of suffering them to protect themselves and of the immediate and ultimate consequences of such a measure." Makes references to [Don Diego de] Gardoqui, George Morgan, General [Arthur] St. Claire, Major [Jean-FranÃ§ois] Hamtramck, and Major Wyllis [John P. Wyllys]. Notes that "The assistance of McGillivray [sic] has probably received from the Spaniards 6000 arms." Recommends that "If a war should be inevitable with the Creeks, as appears highly probable, the establishment of some of the posts would be places of arms at where the troops should be collected - particularly - the Oconces - & the Muscle Shoals, so as to strike the upper and lower creeks at once." Dates estimated from content.