Letter, 1804 May 17, Fort James [to] Col[onel] Benjamin Hawkins / Timothy Barnard

Southeastern Native American Documents, 1730-1842
Letter, 1804 May 17, Fort James [to] Col[onel] Benjamin Hawkins / Timothy Barnard
Barnard, Timothy, 1745-1820
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Creek Indians--Treaties
Creek Indians--Land tenure
United States, Georgia, 32.75042, -83.50018
letters (correspondence)
This is a letter dated May 17, 1804 from Timothy Barnard, an Indian trader and sometimes Indian agent, to Colonel Benjamin Hawkins regarding the running of an unspecified boundary line (likely the line separating Georgia from the Creek Nation, as specified by a treaty signed near Fort Wilkinson in January of 1804). Barnard suggests enlisting the aid of some of the Cusseta and Coweta chiefs, as he complains that the Chehaw and Hitchiti leaders have been of little or no help to them. The letter also mentions Major David Adams, who was involved in surveying and drawing the line, and one of Barnard's sons, who was employed with Hawkins. Barnard also comments on the progress of farming, spinning, and weaving among the Creeks.
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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
4 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 14.
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Fort James
17th May 1804
Col. [Colonel] Benjamin Hawkins
I was honoured [honored] with your favour [favor] by [unclear text: Jo Evens ] last evening and shall pay due atention [attention] to the contents, I arived [arrived] here early the 9th.. found no one here to go on business till the 14th [unclear text: Evens ] informed us that as he passed my old place that there was an Indian Just from Kenards who let my sons know that there was no Indians intended to start from that quarter to atend [attend] the line Evans told my sons to be sure and communicate that information to you as quick as possible which I suspect they have done.
Major [unclear text: Adams ] and Mr. Freeman both thought it not adviseable [advisable] to proceed on the business without some of those chiefs with us as in the first Instance we did not know the way and if we did perhaps some of the unruly Class might be troublesome to us in [deleted text: stealing ] consequence of which they have sent billy Wright on to you which I fear will cause a lond [long] and tedious detention I expect you will have to send on some of the Chiefs of Cussetuh and Cowetuh to us before we can

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proceed to business as there apears [appears] there will be no depending on the Cheauhou and Hitchetaw Chiefs. I was some what suspicious of this disappointment when I found it was all left to Opioe Hargoe of Hitchitaw.
as you have some of the Cussetuh Chiefs nier [near] you Expect you will have to call them together and be guided in some measure by there [their] opinions to send proper red men down to us quickly as possible that we may proceed on the business if it should still be thought proper that the hitchetau and Cheauhau Chiefs must be on the business Expect you will have to send on the Cusetuh Chiefs to Kenards with Billy Wright to push them on pray Excuse my dicktating [dictating] as you there on the spot will know best how to proceed but I am sorry we cannot proceed on as the weather is now fine and we could soon finish it am happy to find by your letter the upper Creeks are pushing on farming likewise spinning and weaveing [weaving] hope it will terminate in their future happiness am also glad to here [hear] my son is atentive [attentive] to learning to work shall feel myself under ever mindfull [mindful] obligations to you sir for your kind atention [attention] to him and hope if any thing he can doe [do] there useful to you you will not be backward

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in pushing him on to it I have been a good dale [deal] uneasy respecting that lad more so than any of the rest tho [though] he had been a little foolish among his brothers yet I thought they all seemed to press too hard on him am now easy in my mind to see his situation altered so much for the better am sorry to here [hear] you are unwell -- Evens could give me but little information about my [unclear text: farm ] if you can ever get as much spare time as to pay them a visit I shall thank you left a Mr Gaugh there from liberty County and an other young man from the same place neither of them of much account in the farming way therefore left no charge with them on that head. Shall pay due atention [attention] to the present business on hand as soon as found practicable to persue [pursue] wishing you better health.

remains your most obet sert [obedient servant]
[Signed] Timt. [Timothy] Barnard.

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Tim Barnard
to Col. [Colonel] Hawkins
17 May 1804
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N. 3 Recd. [Received]
22 May
Mr. Barnard to Col. [Colonel] Hawkins

17th May

17 May 1804