God willing and the Creek don't rise © wood engraving (ed. 40) image: 4 x 5 in. $100.00 (go to "Hi There" for purchase information)
"God willin' and the creek don't rise" is understood to mean, if everything goes according to plan, without interference, the plan will be accomplished successfully. It's also thought by most people to be a colloquial phrase from some backward rural culture. The origin of the phrase is quite different. Benjamin Hawkins ( 1754 -1818), a college educated U.S. Senator and an Indian agent, was in the south east portion of the U.S. when George Washington ordered him to return to the Capital. Hawkins wrote in his reply that he would return, "God willing and the Creek don't rise". He capitalized the name Creek and was referring to a confederacy of Indian tribes known as the Creek Indians. He was concerned that there was going to be an uprising and he would be needed to negotiate a settlement.

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