- Southeastern Native American Documents, 1730-1842
- Talk from head men of Buzzard Roost and [the] Cussetas to the Gov[er]n[o]r of Georgia, 1787 May 1 / interpreted by T[imothy] Bar[nar]d
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- Creek Indians--Government relations
- United States, Georgia, 32.75042, -83.50018
- This document dated May 1, 1788 is a talk from the headmen of the Cusseta (Creek) Indians at the Buzzard Roost on the Flint River addressed to the Governor of Georgia (George Handley, 1788-1789). The talk was interpreted by Timothy Barnard and written by Abner Hammond. The headmen report that they have heard the talks sent by the Georgians and hope that the boundary lines currently contemplated can be run quickly. In the meantime, they ask that the Indians who are being held hostage be sent home to them by (John?) Galphin, as their friends and relatives are very concerned about them. The headmen go on to profess their friendship with and loyalty to the whites in the area, and deny stealing any of their property.
Digital image and encoded transcription of an original manuscript, scanned, transcribed and encoded by the Digital Library of Georgia in 2001, as part of GALILEO, funded in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
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- Cite as: [title of item], Telamon Cuyler, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries, presented in the Digital Library of Georgia
- 2 pages/leaves
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- Manuscript held by the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries, Telamon Cuyler, box 01, folder 11, document 05.
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- Hargrett Library
A Talk from [deleted text: from ] the head men of the Buzzard roust and Cussetas to the Govnr. [Governor] of Georgia
we heard the Talks sent up By the Two Hostages (which Mr Barnard Explaind [Explained] to us) and approve of them very much and for our own parts wish it was in our power to Compleat runing [Complete running] the Line to your Satisfaction which we hope will be done yet but will Take some Time tho [though] on our part there shall be nothing wanting to forward it But as it Cannot be as soon as we Expected we hope our people may be sent up by Mr. Galphin as their friends and relations Grow very uneasy on on [on] Account of their detaintion [detention] and Begins to think them Lost Mr. Whit Can Satisfy you that the [added text: people ] you Have there is of your friends and not of those who are against the the [the] Talks froms [from] you therefore detaining them is only distressing your friends and detaining them will be no restraint on the Bad inclind [inclined] people of the upper Towns who do not wish them ever to return and should one of them by sickness or any other accident be Hurt it might be a means of Spoiling our Good Talks it therefore Can answer no good purpose to keep them But may [word omitted: be ] attended with very Bad Consequences
We your friends and Brothers of roust and Cussetas Can Speak for ourselves and assure you that we Still wish to be in friendship with you and hear your friendly Talks of which you may be well Convinced as we Live nearest to you and have not disturbed your Horses or other property in any way But to the Contrary have Ever Endeavourd [Endeavored] and Still will to have such property returnd [returned] to you
we Have no more to say But hope our friends and Brothers will hear our Talk and Let no obstruction Hinder our people from being Sent up without Delay
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The above Talk to his honnour [honor] the Governor Interpreted by T Bard [Timothy Barnard] Wrote by Mr. Abner Hammond by desire of the head men of the Buzzard roost and Cussetaws