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In Their Own Words

January 07, 1797

Benjamin Hawkins and Creek Nation

From Cusseta on the Chattahoochee River, Indian agent Benjamin Hawkins wrote Col. Henry Gaither at Fort Fidius on the Oconee River about his successful trip through the Creek Nation. Hawkins also indicated his plans to begin the long-delayed surveying of the Indian boundary agreed on in 1794 in the Treaty of Philadelphia:

“… I have visited the Cussetas; several of the chiefs were at home, and 3 of the Mico’s, two of whom you know, Fusatchee Mico and Tussekiah Mico. They are as friendly as I could wish… . I shall probably visit you some time next month, as I have fixed the 10th of March for running the line from the Apalatchee over the Currahee Mountain to Tugalo… . It has been expressly enjoined on all Indians now out not to cross the Oconee, on any account whatever. If you should see any of them you will oblige me by repeating this prohibition to them… .”

Source: Collections of the Georgia Historical Society, Vol. IX, Letters of Benjamin Hawkins, 1796-1806 (Savannah: Georgia Historical Society, 1916), pp. 58-59.