[written in another hand in corner]1789
[written in another hand]Jan 5
War Office 5 th[superscript] Jan y [superscript] 1789.
I have the honor to enclose you a
duplicate of my last to you of the 20 th: [superscript] ultimo, since
I have received yours of the 3 d:[superscript] with its
In the particular situation which
you are placed, the capricious conduct of the
Indians must give you great anxiety.
I am persuaded every thing will be
done on your part that can be with propriety
to avoid a War, and if that event should be
inevitable that the evils of it may be justly
charged to the Indians.
We shall be impatient to learn
the result of your present negociations which
in any case will be highly interesting.
At present there is a greater
prospect of a Congress of seven States assem-
bling by the 5 th[superscript] of February than existed
at the time I wrote you last, but it is
improbable that a Congress of nine States