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In Their Own Words

September 24, 1797

Hawkins Recorded Settlers

Indian agent Benjamin Hawkins kept detailed records of the transactions between Americans and the Indians under his charge. This day’s entry shows how he kept up with vital information regarding settlements and Spanish involvement on the frontier:

“James Denley, Hiram Monger, and Alex Megrew, of Tombigbee, exhibited passes from the Commandant of Fort St. Stephens, on the Tombigbee, to go to A los Estados D’America. I signed the passes to go through the Creek country. Mr. Denley thinks there are 40 men settled on the right bank of the Tombigbee, and about 60 men on the Tensaw, on the left bank of the Alabama, and hold their rights to their lands from Spain.”

Source: Collections of the Georgia Historical Society, Vol. IX, Letters of Benjamin Hawkins, 1796-1806 (Savannah: Georgia Historical Society, 1916), p. 201.