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(New York, Sept. 16, 1764)
Gage, Thomas in: The Papers
of Sir William Johnson,
vol. 4, pp. 538-539.
FROM THOMAS GAGE
A. L. S.1
New York Sept 16th, 1764
I was yesterday favoured with your two Letters of the 1st and 11th: Inst with the Acct: inclosed of the Pay of Officers in your Department to the 25th of March last, from which the proper Warrants can be made out.
I am pleased to see that you are in the same way
of thinking as myself in Respect of the Shawnese and Delawares; Tho' you could
not be so well satisfied of their Perfidy as I have been since I wrote to you.
They have murdered and infested our Frontiers, and the Communication with
Fort-Pitt to the Date of my last Letters from that Quarter of the 5th Inst which I
received yesterday. Two of them were killed by the Inhabitants near
Fort-Cumberland on the 27th: ulmo: And to all Appearance they never meant more with Colonel
Bradstreet than to ward the Blow, and to amuse Him till it may be too late to
Act. This we shall probably hear in a short Time, in the Manner you observe, of
bringing in their Prisoners slowly, and making a Thousand Difficultys. I have
no Time to waver, and must fix upon a Plan which must be pursued steadily.
There is the greatest Reason to suspect that the Shawnese and Delawares are
only amusing Colonel Bradstreet by pretended overtures of Peace. Tho' the
Indians of Detroit last Fall, and the Chenussies in the Spring made their
Peace, Those People still stood out. They sent an insolent Message to Niagara.
Those who met Colonel Bradstreet, don't seem to have come with any Designs of
Peace, or Authorized by their Nations to make Peace. They infest our Borders,
committing the most horrid Massacres to the very last. They tell Colonel
Bradstreet on the 14th of August at
Presqu' Isle, that their Partys had been called in to sue for Peace, so
1 In the Harvard College Library, Cambridge, Mass.
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