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“ vernor of Canada gave me, I brought Letters CH A P, “ likewise for the Jesuit Milet, who was to read the X. “ Paper to us.” The Paper contained the Articles oxin French, in which the Governor of Canada was willing to make Peace. But besides what Decanosora here tells, the French Accounts say, that he brought two Belts underground (that is privately) from three Onondaga Sochems, to assure the Governor of Canada of their particular Affection, which the Governor of Canada answered, by a private Belt to them. As soon as Decamésora had done speaking, Colonel Fletcher rejećted the Belt sent by the Governor of Canada, saying ; If the Governor of Canada have any Thing to say to me, let him send some of his People to Albany, and they shall have Protećti

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Next Day Sadekanahtie, after he had sung a long
Song, gave the following Account of their Negotia-
tions with the Dewagunhas and Dionondadies, which
they had undertaken by the Governor’s Advice. .
“. We were afraid, says he, to send Messengers
“ of our own People, and therefore we employed
“ two Prisoners we had of the Diomondadies with
“ the Governor’s Belt. Some time after this, some
“ of the Senekas hunting near the Diomondadies, two
“ of them were taken ; but when they were car-
“ried to the Dionondadie Castle, they were not
“ treated like Prisoners; they were used kind-
“ ly, and sent back with the following Offers of
“ Peace. -
“We are glad to see you Face to Face to speak
to you, fince the Sun has been so propitious to
send home the Men that were Prisoners with you,
“giving a few Strings of Wampum.
“We are glad of this Opportunity to tell you,
that we have been both drunk in making War on
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one another; we now give you a Cordial to ease
your Hearts, that there be no longer War between
us, by this Belt. -
“We are glad that you have set the Doors open
as far as Cayenguirago's House, that we may free-
ly go thither. Carry him this second Belt.
“Brethren, we thank you for having prepared a
Place for us at your General Council of Onondaga.
Our Country is every where free to you to treat
with us, by this third Belt.
“Brethren, our whole Country rejoiced when

you invited us into your Country, and from

thence to go where Cayenguirago dwells ; be not
afraid to come to our Country, you shall meet
with no Molestation. -
“ Brethren, we thank you for putting us in
Mind of what was formerly agreed to, viz. that
when any ill Accident happens, we were to meet
together to compose Matters, and not to revenge
it with War. We are now together to put
an End to all Misunderstanding, by this fourth
“ Brethren, (we include all the Nations from the
Senekas Country to New-York in this Name)
hearken to us. We rend the Clouds asunder,
and drive away all Darkness from the Heavens,
that the Sun of Peace may shine with Brightness
over us all; giving a Sun of a round red polish-
ed Stone.
“ Brethren, we put the Hatchet into the Hands
of the Chightaghies, Twithtwies, and Od/irachies,
to war against you ; but we shall in three Days
go to these Nations and take the Hatchet out of
their Hands; giving half a Stone Pipe.

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“ Nations, and then blame us. They then gave CH A P. “ the other half of the Pipe. “But Brother Cayenguirago, says Sadakahnitie, do -v"

“ not suffer these Nations to come nearer than the
Senekas Country, left they discover our Weak-
“ ness, and to what a low Condition the War has
“ reduced us. These Nations have been so long
“ in Friendship with the French, and are so much
“ under their Influence, that we cannot trust them
“ yet, or be too much upon our Guard against
<< them.” . -
Colonel Fletcher not being able to give the Five
Nations any Assurance of a vigorous Assistance, he
called the principal Sachems to a private Conference
on the twentieth. He asked them, whether they
had made Peace with the Governor of Canada ; they
answered, that it only wanted his Approbation, and
added, that they could no longer carry on the War
without Assistance. You have the whole Negoti-
ations before you, say they, and we submit it to your
He then allowed them to make Peace, provided they
kept faithful in their Chain with the English; but told
them, that as to his Part he could make no Peace with
the Governor of Canada. They were under great Un-
eafiness to leave their Friends in the War, they said,
and wished, since neither the Governor of Canada nor
he would receive Proposals by their Hands, that
they might think of some neutral Place to treat. The
Governor answered, that he could neither receive nor
send any Message on that Head; and that Peace could
be only made between them by the two Kings.
The Governor next asked them, whether they
would permit the French to build again at Cada-
rackui ; they answered, they would never permit it,
and were resolved to insist on it, in all the ensuing
Treaties, that he never shall. Then the Governor
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CH A P. added, if you permit the French to build any where X. on that Lake, there will be an End to your Liber“vo- ty, your Posterity will become Slaves to the French. If ever you should permit them, I will look on it as an absolute Breach of the Chain with us: If the French attempt it give me Notice, and I will march the whole Force of my Government to your Assistance. We shall find afterwards, however, that the Government of New-York was far from making good ... this Promise. The Governor told them, that they had lost much of their Honour in creeping to the French, in such an abject Manner; for, says he, the Governor of Canada's Paper, which you brought with you, says, that you came in the most humble and penitent Manner, and begged Peace. To which they an: swered, the Governor of Canada has no Reason to make such Reflexions, we have many of his Belts to shew, by which he again, and again sued to us for Peace, before we would hearken to him. But, replies the Governor, how came you to call him Father ? For no other Reason, they replied, but be'cause he calls us Children. These Names signify nothing. They desired the Governor not to say any Thing - po of Cadarcakui, in his publick Speech that he was to make next Day, for they had, they said, some among them that would tell all to the Governor of Canada ; and concluded, with wishing that they had some one, who could write and read all that the Governor had said to them, that they might not forget any Part of it, when they come to consult and resolve on this weighty Affair, at their General Council at Onondaga. Here we see these Barbarians, these Savages, as we call them, ačting with the greatest regard to the Treaties they had entered into with their Allies, 2 and

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Confederacy they could enter into.
The Sachems of the Five Nations being met at O-
nondaga, to consult on the Terms offered by the
French, they were divided in their Opinions ; the
Cayugas, and Part of the Semekas, were most favo-
rable to the French Proposals; but the major Part
was absolutely against allowing the French to rebuild
a Fort at Cadarackui, nor would they consent to in-
clude all the French Allies in the Treaty, with some
of which they had particular Causes of Animofi-
ty. -
The Party that was most for Peace obtained Leave
to go to Canada, to try whether they could obtain
Terms less disagreeable. They accordingly went
thither, within the Time prefixed by the Governor
of Canada, for an Answer; and to make themselves
more acceptable to the French, they carried thirteen
Prisoners with them, and delivered them up. The
Jesuit Milet was of this Number, who had been
taken in the Year 1689, and one jonstaire, who had
been long a Prisoner among the Senekas: He had
been delivered up to a Family of the Senekas, that
had lost some considerable Relation, and was by
them adopted. He ingratiated himself so much with
that Nation, that he was advanced to the Rank of
a Sachem, and preserved their Esteem to the Day of
his Death ; whereby he became, after the general
Peace, very useful to the French in all Negotiations
with the Five Nations, and to this Day they shew

their Regard to his Family and Children.
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and that at a Time when the Exigences of their own CH A P.

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