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Knox-Willett Letters, 1790

Identifier: MC-1954-117

Scope and Contents

Henry Knox, Secretary of War, and formerly a Revolutionary General, writes to Marinus Willett on July 3, 1790, about negotiations with the Creeks concerning treaties and agreements. Willett answers Knox on July 12. Alexander McGillivray, the noted Creek Chief, is mentioned in both letters. Knox warns Willett about a Captain or Colonel Howard sent by the Spaniards to watch Chief McGillivray.


  • 1790


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Biographical / Historical

Colonel Willett (1740-1830) served principally on the frontiers of New York in the campaigns against the Six Nations. It was in 1790 that he was sent by President Washington to treat with the Creek Indians at which he proved most successful.


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Both letters are in excellent condition. The letter from Knox is apparently done by a professional scribe and is marked "Duplicate" but has Knox's signature.

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Repository Details

Part of the Helmerich Center for American Research at Gilcrease Museum. Repository

1400 N. Gilcrease Museum Rd.
Tulsa Ok 74127