Extract from [a] letter, 1786 Sept. 30, [State of] Franklin [to] Governor [Edward] Telfair

Southeastern Native American Documents, 1730-1842
Extract from [a] letter, 1786 Sept. 30, [State of] Franklin [to] Governor [Edward] Telfair
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Creek Indians--Warfare
Cherokee Indians--Government relations
Chickasaw Indians--Government relations
Military assistance
Georgia--Politics and government
Sevier, John, 1745-1815
United States, Georgia, 32.75042, -83.50018
official reports
This document is an extract from a letter to Edward Telfair, Governor of Georgia (1786-1786, 1790-1793) from (John or George?) Elhorn (?), dated September 30, 1786. The letter indicates that John Sevier, Governor of the State of Franklin (1785-1788), has offered the Cherokee and Chickasaw Indians "forever protection" against the Creek Indians if they will join his forces. The extract also refers to the Cumberland territory and reveals that a merger of the governments of Cumberland and Franklin is currently under consideration. A significant force of men is promised to Telfair, ostensibly to help defend Georgia from 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
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 05, folder 02, document 02.
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Sept. 30, 1786
Extract from George Elhorns Esqr, letter dated Governor Seviers Franklin
Septem [September] 30 1786

The Governor in Order that the Americans may reap a benefit from the dread the Cherokees and Chickesaws feel from the displeasure and power of the people of Franklin he has dispatched letters, offering them forever protection against the Creek Nation, with Condition that they do at present join with him, which I believe will meet with success- As for the Northward Indian Nations they have now their hands fully employed by General Clarke, from Kentucky, who has two thousand two hundred men [deleted text: with him ] in the field against them at this juncture -- Cumberland it seems has it in contemplation to join in Government with Franklin. it certainly would be their interest so to do, as they are but few in numbers and are often harrased [harassed] by the Indians
Judging from Circumstances, I think you may promise yourself 1,000 Riffle [Rifle] men, and 200 Cavalry excelently [excellently] mounted from this State to act in conjunction with you- I am fully Satisfied when the

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nature of their political System if considered, the Situation of their South boundary, together with the zeal of his Excellency Governor Sevier you will find a good understanding with this Western Country very indispensible [indispensable] and the cause that invites you now to call on them for assistance will I doubt not induce you to cultivate their friendship in future --
Hble [Honorable] Governor Telfair

Extract from John Elhorn's letter. --

September 30th, 1786.
Entd [Entered]

Indian Affairs