Philadelphia, August 28, 1793.
Dear Sir: I have received your letter of the 11th of the last month.
Having conceived an opinion highly favorable to General Pickens, I invited him to repair to this city, in order that I might obtain from him such facts and information as would be essential to an offensive expedition against the refractory part of the Creek Nation, whenever Congress should decide that measure to be proper and necessary. The Constitution vests the power of declaring war with Congress; therefore no offensive expedition of importance can be undertaken until after they shall have deliberated upon the subject, and authorized such a measure.
It is essential (which is communicated to you on confidence) that under the present circumstances, it is not improbable but
>From recent information from Mr. Seagrove, it would appear, that a considerable portion of the Creeks, particularly the upper Creeks, were determined to make satisfaction for the injuries which have been done by that nation; but the bearers of this message were killed by a party of militia, the consequences of which, time will develope.
I have had just reason to be satisfied with the information of General Pickens, and, if the time shall arrive when an expedition shall be directed, I shall be greatly gratified by his taking an eminent part therein. I have the honor etc.95
[Note:From the "Letter Book" copy in the Washington Papers. ]