THE OHIO VALLEY-GREAT LAKES ETHNOHISTORY
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(Sandusky, Oct. 17, 1764)
Bradstreet, John in: [B. M., Add. MSS.
21651, f. 23, A. L. S.] and in Stevens,
et all., The Papers of Col. Henry
Bouquet, Series 21651
(1943), pp. 24-25.
Your Packet was delivered to me the 13th in the Evening by the two Indians who spoke to you in favour of the Shawanese and Delawares; They say one of the two Englishmen you sent with them was for coming on, but the other would not, saying they must return to you with the Chiefs of the Delawares, they also say some of the Shawanese Chiefs were gone to you to ask Peace. I know nothing of Smallman, nor have I settled any thing with, or received any Prisoners from the Shawanese and Delawares. I have sent to all Nations of Savages as far as Illinois the Bay &c. letting them know, what General Gage desired in his first Letter to me, respecting the Peace I had made, agreeable to his Instructions: and indeed I have taken every step in my power to prevent a Storm: I hope all will go well on that Score, the Savages have understanding. I have been in this Lake, and up the River far as navigable for Indian Canoes, for near a Month, and am extreamly sorry to tell you, it was impossible for me to put General Gages orders into execution; 'tis necessity, absolute necessity that obliges me to turn the other way. By my long stay here, and keeping the Chiefs &c. of such Nations as could give assistance to those against whom you act, the two Nations in question are left to defend themselves, and should they stand out, I am hopefull their efforts will be feeble: We keep them in constant Alarm, that the safety of their Families may prevent their collecting in a Body.
Part of one Scout I sent out is returned, in which, was Ottawas, Cheppawas and Hurons, and four more go out this day and to morrow, and I am not without hopes, those people will continue the War, if they do not, it must be from bad management in us. This Letter is sent by two or more Indians of Cocknawago of Canada, in company with Twenty three for Service, not a Man of the Five N. will act.The faithfull persons you want is not in my power to send, thought 'tis not for want of Numbers of Indians. were I sure you would get this Letter, (page 25) I should be more plain. The Enemy has prisoners who read English. I wish you success I have done all in my power to contribute to it and have the Honour to be
Your most obedient humble Servant
Camp near the carrying place of Sandusky Lake October 17th, 1764.
P. S. As I leave Orders with Lt Col. Campbell commanding at Detroit to keep constantly sending Parties from those parts against the Shawanese and DeLawars it will be necessary you write him if You Settle the Peace with them. I shall Endeavour to send you a Duplicate of this Letter if I can get any Savages to undertake it.
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