- Southeastern Native American Documents, 1730-1842
- Talk [from] the Chehaw Chiefs to David B. Mitchill [i.e., Mitchell], Governor of Georgia, 1816 Dec. 27 / [signed by] Chefecksecoimmauthlau
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- Creek Indians--Crimes against
Creek Indians--Government relations
- United States, Georgia, 32.75042, -83.50018
- This is a talk dated December 27, 1816 from the Chiefs of the Chehaw Towns (Creek Nation) to David B. Mitchell, Governor of Georgia (1815-1817). The chiefs complain of depredations committed upon them by white settlers along the St. Marys River. They relate one incident in particular in which an Indian camp was robbed and one man taken prisoner. They also mention a similar incident that occurred near the Okefenokee Swamp. The Chiefs remind the Governor that they have long been friends to the white people of Georgia and have no relation whatsoever to the Red Stick Creeks. The Chiefs ask the governor to have their property restored and recover the man who was taken prisoner. They warn that some of their young warriors are ready to go down and take back the property by force if necessary, but the Chiefs have asked them to refrain for the present. The Chiefs also remark that white settlers are violating the Creek boundary lines near the Alatamaha River. The letter is signed by Chefecksecoimmauthlau, as a representative of the Chehaw Chiefs, and Timothy Barnard, as interpreter.
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
- 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 17.
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- Hargrett Library
A Talk Sent on by the Indian Cheifs [Chiefs] who reside Sixty miles below this on flint river known by -- the name of the Chehaws to His Excell [added text: e ] ncy -- David B. Mitchill Governor and Commander of the State of georgia their talk is in consequence of depredations commited [committed] on them by the white people who reside on the river St maryes Citizens of the United States. the [added text: Cheifs [Chiefs] ] Sent on to me three days past States there [their] complaints as follows that near two months past a party the red people were hunting near the St marys river at wich [which] time a party of white people rushed on there [their] camp and took on [one] red man a prisoner and took him of [off] and twelve hed [head] of horses and Every thing Else that was movea [added text: ble ] at the dear [deer] Skins and many other articles Since that not many days past a party of red people were in camp on the East Side of the oconfenoga Swamp at wich [which] time a party of white people rushed on them and robed [robbed] them of ten horses they say that they believe that if they had not run of [off] into Swamp that the white people meant to kill them as they were all armed --
the Cheifs [Chiefs] Say they Send this to his Excellency as freinds [friends] as its well known that they have neaver commited [never committed] any hostile acts on the Citizens of georgia the [they] also Say they neaver [never] took no part with those called the red Sticks wich [which] they Say I know to be true and wich [which] is true they have been in all the last bad times in this countrey [country] they have behaved as well and better than any other tribe I know. the Chiefs therefore beg the favour [favor] of his Excellency as a freind [friend] to git there [get their] property restored to them and also the red man that was carrid of [carried off] a prisoner if he is Still liveing [living], the Cheifs [Chiefs] Say that a party of their young warriers [warriors] had collected to goe [go] down near were [where] they were robed [robbed] and plunder property to the ammount [amount] of there [their] loss but that they the Cheifs [Chiefs] that Send this talk had Stopt [Stopped] them they Cheifs [Chiefs] therefore beg the favour [favor] of his Excellency as a freind [friend] to the red people to Send them an answer to this communication directed to me that I may inform them if they may have any hopes of there [their] property [added text: been [being] ] returned --
The above talk givein [given] by the Cheif [Chief] Sent on to me this
27th Decr [December] 1816
[Signed] Chefecksecoimmauthlau his X mark
[Signed] Timy [Timothy] Barnard Interpreter
After finishing [added text: the ] talk the Cheif recolected [Chief recollected] Something more that his Cheifs [Chiefs] that Sent him on here had told him to communicate wich [which] is as follows --
That the Citizens of georgia from a few miles below Hartford on the west Side of ockmulge are Setling [Settling] thick from that down to the Allattamahau and the woods full of cattle and hogs Some White people the Cheifs [Chiefs] Say are also Setled of [Settled off] Some distance from the river the Cheifs [Chiefs] Say that they considered and heard by the conclusion of the treaty respecting the line that they the red people were to hold possession of all the land above the line they [added text: therefore ] beg of [deleted text: the ] the goverment [government] of the U. [United] States to See Justice done them as they Say they have been alway freindly [always friendly] to their freinds [friends] the white people on the frontiers and neaver [never] wish to doe [do] them any Injurye [Injury]
[Signed] Timy [Timothy] Barnard
Letter from Timothy Barnard esqr. [esquire] dated
27th. Dec: [December] 1816.
3d. February 1817.