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Adams, John Quincy (1767-1848) to William Rabun

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00782.11.02 Author/Creator: Adams, John Quincy (1767-1848) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Letter signed Date: 30 June 1818 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Secretary of State Adams informs Governor of Georgia Rabun that President Monroe has directed that Captain Obediah Wright be prosecuted for the murder of Chehaw Indians. Discusses some details necessary to start the prosecution. The Chehaw were American allies during the first Seminole War. Docket indicates a reply was sent on 29 July 1818.

People: Adams, John Quincy, 1767-1848.
Rabun, William, 1771-1819.
Wright, Obediah, fl. 1818.

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Keywords/Subjects: American Indian History, President, Massacre, Atrocity, Criminals and Outlaws, Law, Government and Civics, Military History, Military Law

Sub Era: The First Age of Reform