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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 assembled in Council.’
The Onondago Chief promised to give such publick Notice; and desiring Liberty to mend his former Speech, he proceeded:
* I forgot one Circumstance: Our People, who • pretended to sell the Land, demanded a Belt of • 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 • they never did any thing of this Nature without • Wampum.”
• B R ETR H E N of the Six Nations,
* I take this Opportunity to relate to you a Piece * of disagreeable News I received some Days ago in * a Letter from Le Tort, the Indian Trader, at
, “ stood, to a little Village belonging to the Shaw
“ anese, they told our People that their Hearts were “ full of Grief; for, as they came along the Road, “ they found it all bloody; and having good Cause “ to believe it was made bloody with the Blood of “ some of the white Brethren, they had very sor“ rowfully swept the Road ; and desired them to “ inform the Governor of Pensilvania of their (the “'Twightwees) Grief; and how they had swept the “ Road clean.” “Le Tort adds, on Behalf of the * Shawanese, “That they were much grieved at “ this unfortunate Accident; and prayed, as they “ had no Concern in it, more than by being In“ struments 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 shone.” * The Person who delivered me Le Tort's Letter, 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 Faët, as I have it from Le Tort : I desire to be inform'd if you know any thing of this Matter; and if you do not, that you will make diligent Enquiry who committed the Murder, and who are the unhappy Sufferers, and assist us to obtain Satisfačtion, if it shall appear to be any, of our Fellow-Subjećts that have been treated in this Manner.”
To inforce this Request, I present you with
this String of Wampum,
* We take this Information kindly at your • Hands; we will take this String of Wampum * home with us to our Lodgings, and there consult • about the most regular and proper Steps to be * taken by us to answer your Expectations, and * when we have duly considered the Matter, we * will return you an Answer.’
Upon this the Governor put an End to the Conference; and calling for Wine, and other Liquors, according to the Indian Custom, after a decent and chearful Entertainment, the Indians withdrew.
At a COUNCIL held at the Proprietor's - House, july 5, 1742.
With several Gentlemen of the Town.
It being judg’d proper, at this critical Time, when we are in daily Expectation of a French War, to sound the Indians, and discover what Dependance we might have on them, in case their Aid should be wanted, an handsome Dinner was provided for their Chiefs; and after they had made an hearty Meal, and drank his Majesty's Health, the Proprietors, and the Health of the Six Nations, the Chiefs gave the solemn Cry, in Testimony of their Thanks for the Honour done them. And soon E 3 after after the Governor began, in a free Way, to enquire for what Reason the Senecas were not come down, since they had an equal Share of the Goods with the other Nations.— Camasateego, their Speaker, said, “The Senecas were in great Distres, * on Account of a Famine that raged in their Coun. • try, which had reduced them to such Want, tha • a Father had been obliged to kill two of his Chil. “ dren to preserve his own, and the rest of his Fa.
* mily’s Lives; and they could not now come
* down, but had given Directions about their Share * of the Goods.’ The Governor express'd his ‘Concern for the unhappy Circumstances of their Brethren of the Seneca Nation; and, after a short Respite, enquired if any of their Deputies were then at Canada, and whether the French Governor was
“Amity and Friendship with you, and we shall ‘ always be faithful 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
4. - - them;
• them; we look towards you ; and you may de
• pend on our Assistance.” 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. tell Camasateego, “He did not set on foot this En• quiry from any Suspicion he had of the Six Nations
King of Spain, and what Successes they had met
with. The Governor told them, the King of Great
with the Sea, his chief Strength lay in his Ships; in which he was so much superior to his Enemies, that they were seldom to be met with on the broad Ocean, but sculk'd and hid themselves, only venturing out now and then ; and whenever they did, they were almost sure to be taken; and
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The Governor bid the Interpreter