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BRETHREN, I thank you for this Piece of News; you have • taken this Matter perfectly right. All Bargain

ing for Land within this Province is, - to be sure, la manifest Breach of your contract with the

Proprietor, and what we know you will not countenance. We have hitherto found the Six Nations faithful to their Engagements, and this is a fresh Instance of their Punctuality. You could not help these Mistakes of your young "Men; they were not done in your Presence: * But as several Inconveniencies may arise from

these kind of clandestine Sales, or from any. "such loose Sales of Land by your People, we de' fire you will, on your Return Home, give public

Notice to all your Warriors, not to bargain for any Land ; or if they do, that you will not confirm such Bargains; and that this very Affair,

together with what you have done therein, may . be particularly reported to all your Nation af« sembled in Council.'

The Onondago Chief promised to give,

public Notice ; and desiring Liberty to mend his former Speech, he proceeded:

<BRETHREN, . I forgot one Circumstance : Our People, who • pretended to sell the Land, demanded a Belt af · Wampum of the Buyers to carry to their Chiefs ;,

and on their declaring they had no Wampum, our Warriors said, they would not answer that, their Chiefs would confirm this Bargain, since

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they never did any thing of this Nature without

« Wampum.

The Governor, after a short Paufe, spoke : '

• BRETHREN of the Six Nations,

I take this Opportunity to relate to you a Piece • of disagreeable News I received fome Days ago

in a Letter from Le Tort, the Indian Trader, at

Allegheny, who says, “ That in May laft, fome o Indians of the Taway Nation, supposed by us to « be the Twightwees, in their Return from War, « called and staid fome Time with the Shaw

anese; who being asked, and denying they

had brought either Scalps or Prisoners, the Shawanese suspecting them, had the Curiosity to

search their Bags, and finding two Scalps in « them, that by the Softness of the Hair did not “ feel like Indian Scalps, they wath'd them clean, " and found them to be the Scalps of some Chris- tians. On this Discovery, the Twightwees were o fo much ashamed, that they stole away from

their Town in the Night-time; and coming, as “ they afterwards understood, to a little Village

belonging to the Shawanese, they told our Peo. “ ple that their Hearts were full of Grief ; for, as “ they came along the Road, they found it all “ bloody; and having good Caufe to believe it “ was made bloody with the Blood of some of the “ white Brethren, they had very sorrowfully swept " the Roads and desired them to inform the Go“ vernor of Pensylvania of their (the T wightwees)

Grief; and how they had swept the Road 6 clean."

Le Tort adds, on Behalf of the Shawanese, “ That they were much grieved at « this unfortunate Accident; and prayed, as they as had no Concern in it, more than by being In

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* ftruments to discover it, their Brethren would « not blame them, nor suffer a Misunderstanding

to arise between them on this Account: They " would sweep the Road clean, and wipe all the ♡ Blood away; and desired their Brethren would “ be satisfied with this, and not weep too much for “ a Misfortune that might not happen again as “ long as the Sun and Moon Phone."

6 The Person who delivered me Le Tort's Let-ter, brought this Bundle of Skins as a Present to

me; but I told the Messenger, I would not • meddle with it; he might leave it if he pleased : * The Affair appear’d to me in a bad Light, and

I would represent it to the Six Nations, who were • expected in Town every Day. This is the Fact,

I have it from Le Tort: I desire to be inforın'd if you know any Thing of this Matter; and if . you do not, that you will make diligent Enquiry o who committed the Murder, and who are the un

happy Sufferers, and affift us to obtain Satisfac• tion, if it shall appear to be any of our Fel

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To inforce this Request, I present you with

this String of Wampum.

The Onondago Chief, in Reply, said:

BRETHREN, ( We take this Information kindly at your Hands; we will take this String of Wampum

home with us to our Lodgings, and there con< sult about the most regular and proper Steps to

be taken by us to anfwer your Expectations; and when we have duly considered the Matter, we will return you an Answer.'

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Upon this the Governor put an End to the Conference; and calling for Wine, and other Liquors, according to the Indian Cuftom, after a decent and chearful Entertainment, the Indians withdrew.

At a COUNCIL held at the Proprietor's

House, July 5, 1742.

The Honourable GEORGE THOMAS, Esq;


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James Logan,
Clement Plumsted,


With several Gentlemen of the Town.

The Chiefs of the Six Nations.
It being judg’d proper, at this critical Time,
when we are in daily Expectation of a French War,
to found the Indians, and discover what Depen-
dance we might have on them, in case their Aid
should be wanted, an handsome Dinner was pro-
vided for their Chiefs, and after they had made an
hearty Meal, and drank his Majesty's Health, the
Proprietor's, and the Health of the Six Nations, the
Chiefs gave the folemn Cry, in Testimony of their
Thanks for the Honour done them. And foon
after the Governor began, in a free Way, to èn-
quire for what Reason the Senecas were not come
down, fince they had an equal Share of the Goods
with the other Nations.---Canalsateego, their
Speaker, faid, ' The Senecas were in great Distress,

on Account of a Famine that raged in their Coun

try, which had reduced them to such Want, : that a Father had been obliged to kill two of

his Children, to preserve his own, and the rest of "his Family's Lives; and they could not now come down, but had given Directions about

their Share of the Goods.' _The Governor exprefs'd his Concern for the unhappy Circumstances of their Brethren of the Seneca Nation; and, after a fhort Respite, enquired if any of their Deputies were then at Canada, and whether the French Go. vernor was making any warlike Preparations. And on their answering Yes, the Governor said, with a smiling pleasant Countenance, I suppose, • if the French fhould go to War with 'uš, you will • join them. The Indians conferr'd together for fome Time, and then Canalsateego, in a chearful lively, Manner, made Answer. We allure you,

the Governor of Canada pays our Nations great • Court at this Time, well knowing of what Consequence we are to the French Interest: He has al. ready told us, he was uncovering the Hatchet, and sharpening it, and hoped, if he should be obliged to lift it up against the English, our Na

tions would remain neuter, and affist neither • Side. But we will now speak plainly' to our Brethren: Why Thould we, who are one Flesh

with you, refuse to help you, whenever you want • our Affistance?-We have continued a long * Time in the strictest League of Amity and

Friendship with you, and we Thall always be faith

ful and true to you, our old and good Allies.« The Governor of Canada talks a great deal, but ten of his Words do not go so far

, as one of yours.

-We do not look towards them; we look towards you; and you may depend on our “ Afliftance: Whilst the Onondago Chief made this open and hearty Declaration, all the other Indians made frequently that particular Kind of Noise which is known to be a Mark of Approbation. The Governor bid the Interpreter tell Canalsateego,

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