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“ Le Junard;" In the mean time I will give “ you such Advice as will be for your good, “and will supply you with such Necessarys “ as you will have need of.
“ First, My Advice is, that as many Pri“ soners of the French, as you shall take, that “ you draw not their Blood, but bring them “ home and keep them to Exchange for your “ People, which they have Prisoners already “ or may take hereafter.
" adly, That if it be possible, that you can "order it so, I would have you take one or “ two of your wisest Sachems, and one or “ two chief Captains of each Nation, to be “ a Council to manage all Affairs of the War. “ They to give Orders to the rest of the “ Officers what they are to do, that your “ designs may be kept Private, for after it “comes among so many people, it is Blazed “ abroad, and your designs are often frustrated. “ And those chief Men to keep a Corre“ spondence with me, by a Trusty Messen“ ger.
« zdly, Now the Great matter under “ Confideration with the Brethren, is, how " to strengthen themselves, and weaken your “ Enemy. My Opinion is, that the Brethren “ should send Messengers to the Utawawas, “ Twibtwichs, and the farther Indians, and to “ send back likewise some of the Prisoners of.
" these Nations, if any you have lest, to “ bury the Hatchet, and to make a Covenant “ Chain, that they may put away all the “ French that are among them, and that you “ will open a Path for them this way, They “ being the King of England's Subjects like“ wise, only the French have been admitted to “ Trade with them, for all that the French have “ in Canada, they had it of the Great King of “ England, that by that Means they may come “hither freely where they may have every “ thing Cheaper than among the French. “ That you and they may joyn together against “ the French, and make so firm a League that “ whoever is an Enemy to one, must be to “ both.
“ 4thly, Another thing of Concern is, that “ you ought to do what you can to open a “ Path forall the North Indiansand Mabikandersør " that are among the Utawawas and farther “ Nations: I will endeavour to do the same, “ to bring them home; for they not daring “ to return home your way, the French keep “ them there on purpose to joyn with the “ farther Nations against you for your Destru“ ction; for you know, that one of them is “ worse than six of the others. Therefore all “ means must be used to bring them Home, • and use them kindly as they pass through “your Country. O2
"stbly, My Advice further is. That “ sengers go in behalf of all the Five Nations, “ to the Christian Indians at Canada, “ to perswade them to come Home to their “ Native Country, and to promise them “all Protection. This will be another great “ means to weaken your Enemy; but if they “ will not be advised, you know what to do - with them."
“ 6thly, I think it very necessary for the “ Brethrens Security and Asistance, and to “ the endamaging the French, to build a Fort “ upon the Lake, where I may keep Stores
and Provisions in case of necessity; and “ therefore I would have the Brethren let me “ know what Place will be most convenient " for it.
“7thly, I would not have the Brethren keep “ their Corn in their Castles, as I hear the “ Onnondagas do, but to bury it a great way in “ the Woods, where few People may know “ where it is, for fear of such an Accident as “ has happen'd to the Sennekas.
“ 8thly, I have given my Advice in your “ General Assembly by Mr. Dirk Wessels and “ Akus the Interpreter, how you are to manage “ your Partys, and how necessary it is to get “ Prisoners, to exchange for your own Men “ that are Prisoners with the French. And I “ am glad to hear that the Brethren are so “ United, as Mr. Dirk Wessels tells me you
“ are, and that there are no Rotten Members “nor French Spyes among you.
“gthly, The Brethren may remember my “ Advice which I sent you this Spring, Not “ to go to Cadarackui ; if you had, they would “ have serv'd you as they did your People “ who came from Hunting thither; for I “ told you then, that I knew the French better “ than you did.
“nothly. There was no Advice or Propo“ sition that I made to the Brethren, all the “ time that the Priest liv'd at Onondaga, but “ what he wrote to Canada, as I found by one “ of his Letters, which he gave to an Indian “ to carry to Canada, but was brought hither. “ Therefore I desire the Brethren not to re“ ceive him or any French Priests any more, “having sent for English Priests, with whom “ you may be supply'd to your Content."
«11. I would have the Brethren look out “ sharp for fear of being surprised. I be“ lieve all the Strength of the French will be “ at their Frontier Places, viz. at Cadarackui “s and Oniagara, where they build a Fort now, “ and at Trois Rivieres, Montrealand Chambly.
« 12. Let me put you in mind again, not “ to make any Treatys without my Means, “ which will be more Advantagious for you, “ than your doing it by your selves, for then “ you will be look'd upon as the King of
110 History of the five Chap. VI. “ England's Subjects. And let me know, from “ time to time, every thing that is done.
“ Thus far I have spoken to you relating to “the War.
Then he chid them for their Breach of Faith with Virginia. He told them, that he was inform'd that last Spring they had kill'd a fine Gentleman, with some others, and that a Party of the Oneydoes was now there at the head of James® River, with intention to destroy all the Indians there-about. They had taken fix Prisoners, whom he order'd them to bring to him, to be Restored ; and that for the future they should desist from doing any Injury to the People of Virginia or their Indians, otherwise all the English would unite to destroy them. But at the same time he free'd the Sennekas from any blame, and commended them as a brave and honest People, who never had done any thing contrary to his Orders, except in making that unlucky Peace with the French three years a go.
Lastly, He recommended to them, Not to suffer their People to be Drunk, during the War: A Soldier thereby (he said) looses his Reputation, because of the Advantages it will give the Enemy over him.
This honest Gentleman earnestly pursued the Interest of his Country; but, it seems, his Measures were not agreeable to those his