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and many common Soldiers, and they took five Men, CH A P,
nine Women, and five Children Prisoners.
The Five Nations in a few Days had however some
Revenge; a Captain having had Orders to guard the
CH A P. making such an Example, to frighten the Five NaVII, tions from approaching the Plantations, fince the InS-Yo dulgence, that had hitherto been shewn, had incouraged them to advance with the greatest Boldness to the very Gates of their Towns; while they thought they run no other Risque, but of being made Prisoners, where they live better than at Home. He added, that the Five Nations having burnt so many French, justified this Method of making Reprizals. But with Submission to the Politeness of the French Nation, may I not ask, whether every (or any) horrid Aétion of a barbarous Enemy, can justify a civilized Nation in doing the like * When the Governor could not be moved, the Jefuits went to the Prison, to instrućt the Prisoners in the Mysteries of our Holy Religion, viz. of the Trinity, the Incarnation of our Saviour, the Joys of Paradise, and the Punishments of Hell, to fit their Souls for Heaven by Baptism, while their Bodies were condemned to Torments. But the Indians, after they had heard their Sentence, refused to hear the Jesuits speak, and began to prepare for Death in their own Country Manner, by finging their Death Song. . Some charitable Person threw a Knife into the Prison, with which one of them dispatched himself: The other was carried out to the Place of Execution by the Christian Indians of Loretto, to which he walked, seemingly, with as much Indifference as ever Martyr did to the Stake. While they were torturing him, he continued singing, that he was a Warrior brave and without Fear ; that the most cruel Death could not shake his Courage; that the most cruel Torment should not draw an indecent Expression from him ; that his Comrade was a Coward, a Scandal to the Five Nations, who had killed himself for fear of Pain ; that he had the Comfort to reflect, that he had made many Frenchmen suffer as he did now. He fully verified his Words, for the most violent Torment could not force
force the least Complaint from him, though his . .
Executioners tried their utmost Skill to do it. They
then they put his Fingers into red hot Pipes, and
recounting his own brave Aétions against the French.
At last they flead his Scalp from his Skull, and
the Praying Indians (who, as I observed before, are
the Governor might have an Opportunity of shew
ing what kind Things he had in his Heart towards
C H A P. VIII. .
H E Governor of New-York, Colonel Slaugh-CH A P. t. ter's Death, soon after his Arrival, was very VIII. . . prejudicial to the Affairs of New York; for Captain
Ingoldsby, who had no other Commission but that of
CH A P.Foot, took upon himself the Government of the VIII. Province, without any Authority ; and he having
* -v- likewise highly offended a great Number of the People, by the Share he took in the late Party Quarrels, it was not easy for him to prosecute any vigorous Measures. He was reckoned to be much more a Soldier than a Statesman. Captain Ingoldsby met the Five Nations at Albany, the fixth of june 1692. In his Speech, he told them of his vigorous Resolutions to prosecute the War, and then blamed them for not sending (according to their Promise) a Party down Cadaracku: River, to join them that went from Albany against Montréal, and for their Carelesness in suffering themselves to be surprised last Winter in their Hunting. He desired them to keep the Enemy in perpetual Alarm, by the Incursions of their Parties into the Enemy's Country, and to give him timely Notice of all their Motions. He told them in the next Place, that he heard the French were still using their wonted Artifice, of amusing them with Offers of Peace; but the former Proceedings of the French sufficiently demonstrates, said he tothebrethren, that while Peacets in their Mouths, War is in their Hearts, and the late horrid Murder of the Brethren, after Quarter given, fufficiently shews the Perfidy and Rancour of their Hearts. It is in vain, said he, to think of any Cessation of Arms, much less of a Peace, while the two Kings are at War at Home. He added, Virginia is ready to assist us, and only waits the King's Orders, which are daily expected, and then renewed the Chain for Virginia. In the last Place he stold them, that he heard the Dionondadas had sent two Prisoners Home, with a View thereby to procure Peace; and advised them by all Means to make Peace with that Nation.
b The Five Nations answered by Cheda, an OneydoCh a P.
is Sachem : - VIII. t U-v-9 t “ Brother Corlear,
m The Sachems of the Five Nations have with
# great Attention heard Corlear speak; we shall
You tell us, that we must expećt no Peace while