The majority of Territorial Governor William Blount's correspondence deals with the establishment of peace along a frontier with the Indians to the extent that overland access between the two parts if the Territory was through Indian country, over which the Indians at times exacted tribute for passage. The difficulty of government was also compounded by the fact that the Territorial Governor had his residence at Knoxville, whereas the Territorial Secretary, Daniel Smith, habitually resided in Nashville. There is also some discussion of the treaty with Spain, which directly affected the Mero (Middle Tennessee) District. There is an interesting feature in connection with the proceedings of the Territorial Assembly; the Territorial Governor saved manpower by himself acting as Speaker of the Senate.