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as universal a Joy to Canada, as the Afrival of the
Galleons give in Spain.
C H A P. X.
with the English and French, in the Years 1693 and 1694.
A S by this Time the Reader maybetired with the
-A horrid Scenes of a barbarous War, it may be ome Relief to observe the Indian Genius in the Arts of negotiating; and see how a barbarous People, withI out out any of the Arts and Sciences in which we value CH A P. our selves, manage their Interest with the most learn- IX. ed, most polite, and artificial Nation in Europe. -The Five Nations were informed, that the Governor of Canada had received from Europe a very considerable Recruit of Soldiers, and of all Sorts of Ammunition. This, with the great Loss the Mobawks had lately suffered, while they had been amused by the English with great Hopes, and very little real Assistance, made the Oneydoes, at last yield to the Solicitations of the Jesuit Milet, to send a Message to the French for Peace. It is probable he had the Art to influence the People at Albany to favour his Designs, by giving them Hopes of being included in the Peace, as may be conječtured, from what will appear in the Sequel.
Coll. Fletcher being informed, that the Omeydoes had senta Messenger to Canada, sent for the Five Nations to Albany. He spoke to them the third of july 1693.
He first excused his not meeting them as he had promised, at the Time the Sap begins to run in the Trees, by Reason of his having received a Commisfion to be Governor of Pensilvania, to which Place he was obliged at that Time to go. He put them in Mind with what Speed he came to their Affiftance last Winter, and how effectual, in all Probability, it would have been, had they only retarded the Enemy's March till he could have reached them: He advised them to guard against being drunk, and shewed them the ill Consequences of it in Time of War.
Then he said, “I have received Information, “ that some of the Brethren are wavering, and “ inclined to Peace with the Enemy; and am as. sured, that such Thoughts must arise from the Instigation of the Jesuit Milet, whom some of the Brethren have suffered to live so long among them, and whose only Pračtice is to delude and
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“We are involved in a bloody War, which “ makes us sit in Sorrow and Grief; and being “about to speak of Matters of Importance, we, in “ the first Place, clear the Mouth and Throat of “our Interpretess, by giving her these three Bever ** Skins. Then they repeated his Excellency's Speech, in Answer to which they said, “ Brother Cayenguirogo, we rejoice, that the “great King and Queen of England take such * Notice of us, as we find, by the large Present “ sent us; we return hearty Thanks for the Am‘ munition especially. “We are glad that our Brother Cayenguirogo ‘ renews the Chain, not only between us and this “. Government, but likewise with New-England, “ Virginia, Maryland and Pensilvania ; it shall be * kept inviolable by us the Five Nations, as long # as the Sun shines. We pray our Brother Cayen- guizago
“ning of the War.
“ Brother Cayenguirago, we were told in our own * Country, not only that the King had made you “ Governor of Pensilvania, but likewise that you “were preparing a Fleet to take Canada. O! what “joyful News this was to our young Men. Sadaga“ rus, the great Seneka. Captain, was to command
them. Now they said, we need only make one hearty
CHA p.“ hearty Push, while the Fleet is before Quebeck. x. “ Now there will be an End to this bloody War, t-v- “ and all our Troubles; But alas, now we are come “ here, we hear not one Word of this Design. , “ Brother Cayenguirogo, you are that flourishing “ Tree that covers us; you keep the Chain bright; “we have one Request to make to you, that you “ may stay with us, and not return to England; for “ you know our Ways and Manners. If you have “any Thing to tell the King and Queen, write it to “ them, for the King knows you to be a wise Man, “ and will therefore believe you. “ Brother Cayenguirago, we are very glad to hear “ that Pensilvania is come under your Government, “bring their young Men here, with their Bows and “ Arrows and Hatchets in their Hands, for this “is the Place of A&tion. We are pleased that “ the Showonoms or Satanas, who are our Enemies, “ have applied to you for Protection; and that you “ sent them to us to endeavour a Peace, and that “ you sent Christians with them, to condućt them co *::: again. We wish they were come to assist us “ against the common Enemy. “ Brother Cayenguirago, now we have done, but “ must tell you again, that we roll and wallow “ in Joy, by Reason of the great Favour the great. “ King and Queen has done us, in sendingus Arms “ and Ammunition, at a Time when we are in the “greatest Need of them; and because there is such “ Unity among the Brethren.” They made the Governor a confiderable Present of Furs, to shew their Respect to his Person ; but they did not give one Belt to confirm any one Ar'ticle; so that the whole of it is, according to their Stile, only argumentative. Coll. Fletcher not being satisfied with their Answer, concerning the Jesuit Milet, made this further Proposal to them. “As to Milet the Priest, whom “ the Brethren of Omeyda still harbour among them, - - “ I