Letter from Arthur Campbell to John Brown, 29 December 1787

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Arthur Campbell 's 29 December 1787 letter to John Brown discusses a "vast multitude" of immigrants passing into Kentucky with little resistance from Native Americans. However, Campbell warns that the peace may not last soon and he expects frequent attacks against the outmanned pioneers. He also agrees to a nomination as the Superintendent of the Southern Department.

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Richmond Dec.29th.1787

Sir

It will no doubt be pleasing for you to hear that a vast multitude of emigrants hath passed through the wilderness, this season, to Kentucky, and Cumberland, and to the joy and admiration of many with out the least molestation from the Indians. I could assure Congress that so fortunate an event, would hardly have taken place from the measures of their late Super. - But it was chiefly owing to the industry of other instruments, under the auspices of Governor Randolph. There is now a probability that the peace will be broken, from the injudicious and ill-conceited war begun against the Creek Indians, which I fear will spread to Holstein Kentucky, and Cumberland; and eventually make enemies of the three other southern tribes. - And all this mischief impending,

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for want of proper men, to adopt proper measures, in due time. - As all is not yet lost, I have consented that my name might be put in nomination for the Superintendancy of the Southern Department. I am not diffident of my knowledge of the business, at least equal to any man in the Southern States; but it will cross my purposes of retirement, and I do not know how i shall obtain the consent of my best friend. Nothing therefore could have induced me to offer for os perilous and unprofitable an undertaking, considering the deranged state of the District; but a hope, that I might be useful at this peculiar crisis of American affairs, to promote peace, and security to the Western people, and facilitate the adoption of federal measures. Such communications as you will be so good as favour me with may be sent by the post, to Richmond, from whence I can have them carefully forwarded. I am Sir with regard your very humble servant Arthur Campbell

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John Brown Esq. a Delegate from Virginia at New York

Bill to Brown M. C 1787 offering for superintendent of South n Dept.

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