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Jackson, Andrew (1767-1845) to John M. Davis

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00782.11.05 Author/Creator: Jackson, Andrew (1767-1845) Place Written: Fort Gadsden, Florida Type: Letter Date: 7 May 1818 Pagination: 3 p. ; 25 x 21 cm

A clerical copy of Jackson's letter to Davis in which he deals with aftermath of the Chehaw Affair. Orders Davis to send a "talk to Kinnard with instructions to explain the substance to the Chehaw Warriors." Also orders him to arrest Obediah Wright for murdering several female and elderly Chehaw Indians. If Davis is unable to locate Wright, he is instructed to obtain assistance from the governor of Georgia. A note written on the interior leaf by James Gadsden, then serving under Jackson, indicates that this copy was for the Secretary of War John C. Calhoun and that it should be sent with a copy of Thomas Glascock's letter (see GLC00782.11.03) and the talk to the Chehaw mentioned here. The Chehaw were allied with the Americans in the first Seminole War.

May 7th. 1818
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You will send or deliver personally as you may deem most advisable the inclosed talk to Kinnard with instructions to explain the substance to the Chihaw Warriors. -
You will proceed thence to Hartford in Georgia & use your endeavours to arrest & deliver over in Irons to the Military authority at Fort Hawkins Capt Wright of the Georgia Militia who has been Guilty of the outrage against the women & Superanuated men of the Chihaw Village. Should wright have left Hartford you will Call upon the Govr. of Georgia to aid you in his arrest - To enable you to execute the above you are authorised to take in company with you the Tenesseeans that went from hence lately & await if you think it necessary the arrival of the Georgians now on march under Majr Porter.
You will direct the officer commanding of Fort Hawkins to keep Capt- Wright in close confinement untill the will of the President be known. The accompanying letters for the Secy War & Govr. of Georgia you will take charge of [2] untill you reach a post office.
(Signed) Andrew Jackson
Majr Genl Comg
Majr. Davis
[3] Sir,
Send with the accompanying letter to the Secy. War, a copy of the talk to the Chihaw Nation - The order to you, & the letter to the Govr. of Georgia, they are left open for this purpose. -
The copies of Glascocks letters will accompany the Secy War, & the letter to the Govr. of Georgia

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