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tili Perpetual Alarm, that they may have no Reft,
CHAP, we are, but a small People, and decline daily, by
the Men we lose in this War, we do our utmost to destroy the Enemy; but how strange does it seem to us! How unaccountable ! that while our great King is so inveterate against the French, and you are so earnest with us to carry on the War, that Powder is now fold dearer to us than ever? We are poor, and not able to buy while we neglect hunting; and we cannot hunt and carry on the War at the same Time : We expect, that this Evil we so justly complain of be immediately remedied. Giving nine Bevers. Brother Corlear, you desire us to keep the Enemy
are in their Graves; Is it not to secure your own Frontiers ? Why then not one Word of your People that are to join us? We assure you we shall continue to carry on the War into the Heart of the Enemies Country. Giving eight Bevers.
Wethe Five Nations, Mchawks, Oneydoes, Onondagas, Cayugas, and Senekas, renew the Silver Chain whereby we are linked fast with our Brethren of Affarigoa (Virginia) and we promise to preserve it as long as the Sun shall shine in the Heavens. Giving ten Bevers.
But Brother Corlear, How comes it, that none of our Brethren fastened in the same Chain with us, of. fer their helping Hand in this general War, in which our great King is engaged against the French? Pray Corlear, how come Meryland, Delaware River, and New-England, to be disengaged from this War ? You have always told us, that they are our Brethren, Subjects of the same great King. Has our King sold them? Or do they fail in their Obedience? Or do they draw their Arms out of our Chain ? Or has the great King commanded, that the few Subjects he has in this place, should make War against the French alone ?: Pray make plain to us this Mystery? How can they and we be Brethren, and make different Families? How can they and we be Subjects of the
same great King, and not be engaged in the fame CH A P.
You need not warn us of the Deceit and Treache-
We now renew the old Chain, and here plant the
We make the House clean, where all our Affairs
We return you Thanks for the Powder and Lead given us ; but what shall we do with them without Guns, shall we throw them at the Enemy? We doubt they will not hurt them fo. Before this we always had Guns given us. It is no Wonder the Governor of Canada gains upon us, for he supplies his Indians with Guns as well as Powder; he supplies them plentifully with every Thing that can hurt us. Giving five Otters.
As to the Dionondadas setting two of our Nation at Liberty, we must tell you, that it was not the Act of that Nation, but the private Act of one Person : We are desirous to make Peace with that Nation as foon as we can, upon honourable Terms. And
The Mohawks, before they left the Place, desired a private Conference with the Governor, and told him, that they were all exceedingly diffatisfied, that the other English Colonies gave no Alistance, and that it might prove of ill Consequence. Captain Ingoldby promised to write to them, and hoped it would have a good Effect.
gave a Belt.
CH A P. IX.
The French furprise and take three Mohawk Caffles.
CHAP. THE Praying Indians promised their EndeaIX. TH
vours to reconcile their Brethren the Mobawks to the French, on whom the French expected they would have much Influence; but their Endeavours proving ineffectual, their Correspondence began to be suspected. The French thought they did more Hurt than Good, by the Intelligence the Enemy by their Means received. The French in Canada began to lose their Spirits, by being obliged to remain so long upon the defensive, as the Five Nations gained more Courage by it. The Count de Frontenac thought it therefore absolutely necessary to undertake fome bold Enterprize, to fhew the Five Nations, that they had to do with an Enemy still able to act offensively: An Attack on the Mobawks he thought would be most effectual for this Purpose, because it would shew, at the fame Time,
that the English would not protect their neareft CHAP,
The Body of the French designed for this Expe.
They set out from la Prairie de Magdaleine the
People of Schenectady Intelligence of the French, who
CHA P. the 8th at Night, reached the first Mohawk Castle, XI. where there were only five Men, and some Women
and Children in great Security, their other Men being all abroad, these were all taken without Opposition. The next Fort not far from it was in like Manner surprized, without any Opposition, both of them were very small, and being next the English, not fortified.
Schenectady being the nearest English Settlement to the Mohawks, and but a little Way from their nearest Castle, many of them are always there. The Mohawks then in the Town were exceedingly enraged, that none went out to aslift their Nation; fome were sent therefore out the next Day, to gain Information of the Enemy, and to give the Mohawks Notice; but they returned without doing their Duty.
The French went on to the next Mobawk Fort, which was the largest; and coming to that in the Night, they heard some Noise, and suspected they were discovered : But this Noise was only occasioned by a War
Dance, forty of the Indians designing to go next Day upon some Enterprize. The French approached the Castle filently, and finding the Indians no way on their Guard, opened the Gate, and entered before they were discovered, but notwitirstanding this, and the Confusion the Indians must be in, this Conquest was not without Loss of Blood, the French having lost thirty Men, before the Indians entirely submitted : The French designed to have put them all to the Sword, but their own Indians would not suffer it, and gave Quarter: They took three hundred Prisoners, of whom one hundred were fighting Men. I have no Account of the Number of Mohawks killed, but no Doubt it was very considerable.
When the Account came to Albany, how much the Mohawks, who were at Schenectady, were enraged, that no Assistance was sent to their Countrymens