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dred men. The command of this regiment was given to a Mr. Frye, a gentleman supposed to be
coming and building your towns, and taking the land away unknown to us, and by force.
“Fathers, we kindled a fire long time ago at a place called Montreal, where we desired you to stay, and not to come and intrude upon our land. I now desire you may dispatch to that place; for be it known to you, fathers, that this is our land, and not yours..
“ Fathers, I desire you may hear me with civility; if not, we must handle that rod which was laid down for the use of the ob. streperous. If you had come in a peaceable manner, like our brothers, the English, we would not have been against you trading with us, as they do; but to come, fathers, and build houses upon our land, and to take it by force, is what we cannot submit to.
" Fathers, both you and the English are white: we live in a country between, therefore the land belongs to neither one nor the other: but the Great Being above allowed it to be a place of residence for us; so, fathers, I desire you to withdraw, as I have done our brothers the English, for I will keep you at arm's length. I lay this down as a trial for both, to see which will have the greatest regard to it, and that side we will stand by, and make equal sharers with us. Our brothers, the English, have heard this, and I come now to tell it to you, for I am not afraid to discharge you of this land." This he said was the substance of what he spoke to the general, who made this reply : . .“ Now, my child, I have heard your speech: you spoke first, but it is my time to speak now. Where is my wampum that you took away, with the marks of towns in it? This wampum I do Dot know, which you have discharged me off the land with. But you need not put yourself to the trouble of speaking, for I will not bear you. I am not afraid of Aies or musquitoes, for Indians are
well acquainted with the western country; and Major Washington was appointed lieutenant-colonel.
such as those. I tell you, down that river I will go, and build upon it, according to my command. If the river was blocked up I have forces sufficient to burst it open, and tread under my feet all that stand in opposition, together with their alliances; for my force is as the sand upon the sea-shore; therefore here is your wampum; I fling it at you. Child, you talk foolish; you say this land belongs to you, but there is not the black of my nail yours. I saw that land sooner than you did, before the Shanoahs and you were at war. Lead was the man who went down and took possession of that river. It is my land, and I will have it, let who will stand up for, or say against it. I'll buy and sell with the English (mockingly.) If people will he ruled by me, they may expect kindness, but not else."
The half king told me he had inquired of the general after two Englishmen, who were made prisoners, and received this answer : “ Child, you think it a very great hardship that I made prisoners of those two people at Venango. Don't you concern yourself with it: we took and carried them to Canada, to get intelligence of what the English were doing in Virginia.”
He informed me that they had built two forts, one on Lake Erie, and another on French Creek, near a small lake, about fifteen miles asunder, and a large waggon-road between. They are both built after the same model, but different in size : that on the lake the largest. He gave me a plan of them of his own drawing.
The Indians inquired very particularly after their brothers in Carolina gaol.
They also asked what sort of a boy it was who was taken from the south branch; for they were told by some Indians, that a party
Extremely solicitous to be engaged as early as p ssible in active service, and to be usefully employed,
of French Indians had carried a white boy by Kuskuska Town towards the Lakes.
26th. We met in council at the Long-house about 9 o'clock, where I spoke to them as follows :
“ Brothers, I have called you together in council by order of your brother, the Governor of Virginia, to acquaint you that I am sent with all possible dispatch to visit and deliver a letter to the French commandant of very great importance to your brothers, the English ; and I dare say to you, their friends and allies.
“ I was desired, brothers, by your brother, the governor, to call upon you; the sachems of the nations, to inform you of it, and to a-k your advice and assistance to proceed the nearest and best road to the French. You see, brothers, I have got thus far on my journey.
“ His honour, like vise, desired me to apply to you for some of your young men to conduct and provide provisions for us on our way, and be a safeguard against those French Indians who have taken up the hatchet against us. I have spoken thus particularly to you, brothers, because his honour, our governor, treats you as good friends and allies, and hold you in great esteem. To confirm what I have said, I give you this string of wampum.”
After they had considered for some time on the above discourse, the half king got up and spoke :
“Now, my brother, in regard to what my brother the governor had desired of me, I return you this answer :
" I rely upon you as a brother ought to do; as you say we are brothers, and one people. We shall put teart in hand, and speak to our fathers, the French, concerning the speech they made to me, and you may depend that we will endeavour to be your guard.
he obtained permission, about the beginning of April, to march with two companies, in advance of
" Brother, as you have asked my advice, I hope you will be ra'ed by it, and stay till I can provide a company to go with you. The French speech-belt is not here; I have it to go for to my hunting-cabin. Likewise the people whom I have ordered in are not yet come, and cannot till the third night from this; till which tiine, brother, I must beg you to stay.
" I intend to send the guard of Ming's, Shanoahs, and Delawares, that our brothers may see the love and loyalty we bear them."
As I had orders to make all possible dispatch, and waiting here was very contrary to my inclination, I thanked him in the most suitable manner I could, and told him that my business required the greatest expedition, and would not adınit of that delay. He was not well pleased that I should offer to go before the time he had appointed, and told me that he could not consent to our going without a guard, for fear some accident should befall us, and draw a reflection upon him. “ Besides," said he, "this is a matter of no sınall moment, and must not be entered into without due considesation ; for I intend to deliver up the French speech-belt, and inake the Sharioalis and Delawares do the same.” And accordingly he gave orders to king Shingiss, who was present, to attend on Wednesday night with the wampum; and two men of their nation to be in readiness to set out with us next morning. As I found it was impossible to get off without affronting them in the most egregious manner, I consented to stay....
I gave them back a string of wampum, which I met with at Mr. Frazier's, and which they sent with a speech to his honour the governor, to inform him that three nations of French Indians, viz. Chippoways, Ottoways, and Orundaks, had taken up the hatchet
the other troops, to the Great Meadows. By this measure he expected to protect the country, to
against the English ; and desired them to repeat it over again : but this they postponed doing till they met in full council with the Shanoah and Delaware chiefs.
27th. Runners were dispatched very early for the Shanoah chiefs. The half king set out himself to fetch the French speechbelt from his hunting-cabin.
, 28th. He returned this evening, and came with Monakatoncha and two other sachems to my tent; and begged (as they had complied with his honour the governor's request, in providing men, &c.) to know on what business we were going to the French? This was a question I had all along expected, and had provided as satisfactory an answer to as I could, which allayed their curiosity a little,
Monakatoocha informed me, that an Indian from Venango brought news, a few days ago, that the French had called, all the · Mingoes, Delawares, &c. together at that place; and told them
that they intended to have been down the river this fall; but the waters were growing cold, and the winter advancing, which obliged them to go into quarters ; but that they might assuredly expect them in the spring, with a far greater number : and desired that they might be quite passive, and not intermeddle, unless they had a mind to draw all their force upon them. For that they expected to fight the English three years (as they supposed there would be some attempts made to stop them), in which time they should conquer. But that, if they should prove equally strong, they and the English would join to cut them all off, and divide the land between them. That though they had lost their general, and some few of their soldiers, yet there were men enough to reinforce them, and make them masters of the Ohio, si