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Beyond Penn's Treaty

Letter from Secretary Tobias Lear to Quakers

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Philadelphia, February 11th: 1792.

The President of the United States commands
T. Lear to return the enclosed paper, which was
submitted to the consideration of the President last
evening, containing the sentiments proposed to be
delivered, in writing, by the Quakers to the deputation
from the Cherokee nation of Indians now in this
City and to inform, that the President, upon
a due consideration of the subject; does not see any
impropriety in the enclosed speech being delivered
to the Cherokees, as it contains the same friendly
sentiments with which he has himself endeavoured
to impress these people and doesn't appear to be
a matter that can be drawn into precedent on any
future occasion. Neither has the President any
objection to those Indians being furnished by the
Quakers with such small presents as were men-
tioned to him last evening.

Tobias Lear
Secretary to the President
of the United States
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