Archibald Henderson, "Richard Henderson and the Occupation of Kentucky, 1775," MVHR (1914), 349-63

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Archibald Henderson, "Richard Henderson and the Occupation of Kentucky, 1775," MVHR (1914), 349-63

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Archibald Henderson, in HENDERSON2, argued against the notion of Providence guiding Boone, arguing instead that it was his ancestor Richard Henderson. But here he employs the language of manifest destiny quite as much, or more, than Boone ever did: Henderson's <vast project> <rolled back the tide of aboriginal predatory conquest, and first established in the heart of the West a solid and enduring bulwark. That twilight zone, delimitating the domain of white supremacy from the ancestral hereditament of the saveage, through his endeavor lost its legendary character as a TERRA INCOGNITA, extravagantly empurpled by the riotous imaginations of far-away hunters. This lordly hunting preserve and battlefield of warring savages became for the white man a habitable country of green pastures and still waters. The promised land became a blest fulfilment.> HENDERSON3:342

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Archibald Henderson, "Richard Henderson and the Occupation of Kentucky, 1775," MVHR (1914), 349-63

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Henderson says that James Robertson was also Henderson's agent in spying out lands. Says that Boone was employed by Henderson in 1771 to sound out the Cherokees in regard to a purchase, and was advised by Robertson that they would sell for a "sufficiently valuable consideration." HENDERSON3:345

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Archibald Henderson, "Richard Henderson and the Occupation of Kentucky, 1775," MVHR (1914), 349-63

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The partners: John Williams was a large landowner in Granville County, and an attorney in practice with RHENDERSON. Thomas Hart came to Orange County NC with his family from Hanover County VA about 1756; was made a JP in 1764; was captain, major and finally lieutenant colonel of the county militia; a representative in the assembly in 1773 and a delegate from Orange county to the first provincial convention at New Bern in 8/1774; the owner of a store and mill on the road to Haw River, near the Eno. Nathaniel Hart, brother of Thomas, lived at his seat, Red House, in Caswell County; commanded a company of infantry under Tryon at the Battle of Alamance; gentleman of wealth and position. John Luttrell of Chatham County NC, son-in-law of John Hart, brother of Thomas and Nathaniel; served as clerk of the crown at Hillsborough in 1770; a victim of Regulator rage (along the John Williams and the Harts) in 9/1770. William Johnston, who arrived in Hillsborough in 1767 and formed a business partnership in the mercantile trade; instrumental in securing the quantity of goods traded for the land at SYCAMORESHOALS. In 1774 added: David Hart, btother of Thomas and Nathaniel, a half share. Leonard Henley Bullock, former high sheriff of Granville, a half share. James Hogg, wealthy businessman in mercantile operations at Fayetteville and Wimington, recently removed to Hillsborough, a whole share. HENDERSON3:348,350

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Archibald Henderson, "Richard Henderson and the Occupation of Kentucky, 1775," MVHR (1914), 349-63

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<Boone, with incredible foolhardiness ignoring both the question of title and the omnipresent dangers of encroaching upon the territory of hostile savages, proceeded solely upon his own responsibility to recruit a body of settlers.> The Indians who attacked them at WALLENRIDGE <seem to have been aware of this attempt to settle beyond the mountains and were determined to resist this unwarranted encroachment upon their territory.> HENDERSON3:349

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Archibald Henderson, "Richard Henderson and the Occupation of Kentucky, 1775," MVHR (1914), 349-63

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<Goone wass deficient in executive ability and the power to carry through plans made on a considerable scale. A remarkable scout, a great hunter, a man of balance and sagacity of judgment in coping with the dangers and difficulties of the wilderness, Boone lacked constructive and civic talents. It was not until the legal mind and executive genius of Henderson was applied to the vast and complex project of western colonization that it was carried through to a successful termination.> HENDERSON3:349

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Archibald Henderson, "Richard Henderson and the Occupation of Kentucky, 1775," MVHR (1914), 349-63

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After the appearance of published announcements of the company, there was a sensation throughout NC. Archiband Neilson, auditor of the colony, to Andrew Miller, 1/28/1775: <Pray, is Dick Henderson out of his head?> Governor Martin, in the NORTH CAROLINA GAZETTE OF 2/24/1775: <Richard Henderson and his Confederates> were engaged in <daring, unjust and unwarrantable proceedings.> To the Earl of Dartmouth Martin wrote of <Henderson the famous invader,> <the infamous Henderson and his associates . . . an infamous Company of land Pyrates.> Their project was a <lawless undertaking,> <an infraction of the royal prerogative,> and he threatened the Transylvania Company <with the pain of His Majesty's displeasure and the most rigorous penalties of the law.> All quoted in HENDERSON3:351-52

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Archibald Henderson, "Richard Henderson and the Occupation of Kentucky, 1775," MVHR (1914), 349-63

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Called "Carolina Dick" by the Cherokee. HENDERSON3:353

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Archibald Henderson, "Richard Henderson and the Occupation of Kentucky, 1775," MVHR (1914), 349-63

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Preston to Washington, 4/9/1775: <Henderson I hear has made the Purchase & got a Conveyance of the great and Valluable Country below the Kentucky from the Cherokees. He and about 300 adventurers are gone out to take possession, who it is said intends to set up an independent Government & form a Code of Laws for themselves.> Quoted in HENDERSON3:359

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