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this terrible Weather: And several hid themselves, till CHAP.
Captain Alexander Glen, at this Time, lived at a
Some Mohawks being also found in the Village, the French dismissed them, with Assurance, that they designed them no Hurt.
This Conduct was not only necessary to promote the Peace which the Count De Frontenac with so much Earnestness desired, but likewise to secure their Retreat, by making the Mohawks less eager to pursue them.
The French marched back, without reaping any visible Advantage from this barbarous Enterprize, besides the murdering fixty-three innocent Persons in cold Blood, and carrying twenty-seven of them away Prisoners.
The Care the French took to sooth the Mohawks had not intirely it's Effect, for as soon as they heard of this Action, a hundred of their readieft
young Men pursued the French, fell upon their Rear, and killed and took twenty-five of them.
CH AP. This Action frightened the Inhabitants in and
about Albany so much, that many resolved to desert
“ Brethren, the Murder of our Brethren at Sche-
“ Brethren, we lament the Death of fo many of our “ Brethren, whose Blood has been shed at Schenectady. “ We don't think that what the French have done can 6 be called a Victory, it is only a farther Proof of their a cruel Deceit. The Governor of Canada sends to
Onondaga, and talks to us of Peace with our whole “ House, but War was in his Heart, as you now see “ by woful Experience. He did the same formerly " at Cadarackui, and in the Senekas Country. This s is the third Time he has acted so deceitfully. He has “ broken open our House at both Ends, formerly “ in the Senekas Country, and now here. We hope “ however to be revenged of them. One Hundred “ of our bravest young Men are in Pursuit of them,
they are brisk Fellows, and they will follow the 6 French to their Doors. We will beset them so
closely, that not a Man in Canada shall dare to step « out of Doors to cut a Stick of Wood; But now we
gather up our Dead, to bury them, by this second « Belt.
« Brethren, we came from our Castles with Tears CHA P. ".in our Eyes, to bemoan the Bloodshed at Sche-' VI. “ nectady by the Perfidious French. - While we bury “ our Dead murdered at Schenectady, we know not “ what may have befallen our own People, that are in “ Pursuit of the Enemy, they may be dead; what has “ befallen you may happen to us; and therefore we
come to bury our Brethren at Schenectady with " this third Belt.
“ Great and sudden is the Mischief, as if it had fal“ len from Heaven upon us. Our Forefathers taught
us to go with all Speed to bemoan and lament with “ our Brethren, when any Disaster or Misfortune hap
pens to any in our Chain. Take this Bill of Vi“ gilance, that you may be more watchful for the fu“ ture. We give our Brethren Eye-Water to make " them sharp fighted, giving a fourth Belt.
66 We are now come to the House where we usual.
ly renew the Chain ; but alas ! we find the House “ polluted, polluted with Blood. All the Five Nati
ons have heard of this, and we are come to wipe
away the Blood, and clean the House. We come
(calling to every one of the principal Men present by
we are strong enough.
“ Our Chain is a strong Chain, it is a Silver Chain, « it can neither rust nor be broken. We, as to our " Parts, are resolute to continue the War.
“ We will never desist, so long as a Man of us re6c mains. Take Heart, do not pack up and go caway,
* this will give Heart to a dastardly Enemy. * This was spoke to the English, who were about removing from Albany.
CH A P.
« We are of the Race of the Bear, and a Bear you IV. « know never yields, while one Drop of Blood is left. mu We must all be Bears; giving a fixth Belt.
“ Brethren be patient, this Disaster is an Affliction cc which has fallen from Heaven upon us.
The Sun, " which hath been cloudy, and sent this Disaster, will “ shine again with its pleasant Beams. Take Courage,
said he, Courage, repeating the Word several Times “ as they gave a seventh Belt.
(To the English. ) Brethren, three Years ago we were engaged in a bloody War with the French, and you encouraged us to proceed in it. Our Success answered our Expectation ; but we were not well begun, when Corlear stopt us from going on. Had you permitted us to go on, the French would not now have been able to do the Mischief, they have done, we would have prevented their sowing, planting or reaping.
We would have humbled them effectually, but now we dye. The Obstructions you then made now ruin us. Let us after this be steady, and take no such false Measures for the future, but prosecute the War vigorously. Giving a Bever Skin.
The Brethren must keep good Watch, and if the Enemy come again, send more speedily to us. - Don't defert Schenectady. The Enemy will glory in seeing it defolate. It will give them Courage that had none before, fortify the Place, it is not well fortified now: The Stockadoes are too short, the Indians can jump over them. Gave a Bever Skin.
Brethren, The Mischief done at Schenectady cannot be helped now, but for the future, when the Enemy appears any where, let nothing hinder your fending to us by Expresses, and fire great Guns, that all may be alarmed. We advise you to bring all the River Indians under your Subjection to live near Albany, to be ready on all Occasions.
Send to New-England, tell them what has hap-CH A P. pened to you. They will undoubtedly awake and IV. lend us their helping Hand. It is their Interest, as much as ours, to push the War to a speedy Conclufion. Be not discouraged, the French are not so numerous as some People talk. If we but heartily unite to push on the War, and mind our Bufiness, the French will soon be fubdued.
The Magistrates having returned an Answer on the twenty seventh, to the Satisfaction of the Indians, they repeated it all over, Word by Word, to let the Magistrates see how carefully they minded it, and then added,
Brethren, .we are glad to find you are not discouraged. The best and wifest Men sometimes make Miftakes. Let us now pursue the War vigorously. We have a hundred Men out, they are good Scouts. We expect to meet all the Sachems of the other Nations, as they come to condole with you. You need not fear our being ready, at the first Notice. Our Ax is always in our Hands, but take Care that you be timely ready. Your Ships, that must do the principal Work, are long a fitting out. We do not design to go out with a small Company, or in sculking Parties, but as soon as the Nations can meet, we shall be ready with our whole Force. If you would bring this War to a happy Issue, you must begin soon, before the French can recover the Lofses they have received from us, and get new Vigour and Life, therefore send in all Hafte to NewEngland. Neither you nor we can continue long in the Condition we are now in, we must order Matters so, that the French be kept in continual Fear and Alarm at home; for this is the only way to be secure, and in Peace here.
The Scabkok Indians, in our Opinion, are well placed where they are (to the Northward of Albany); they are a good Out-guard ; they are our Children, and we shall take Care that they do their