THE OHIO VALLEY-GREAT LAKES ETHNOHISTORY
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(New York, Nov. 9, 1764)
Gage, Thomas in: Gage Papers,
American Series, William L.
New York November 9th 1764
If You have had any Correspondence with Colo Bradstreet, You will probably have heard that Captain Morris was Stopped in His Journey towards the Illinois, at the Miamie Fort; by the Intrigues of the Shawnese Delawares and Senacas. From many Circumstances, I may expect to hear that You have either attacked the Enemy, or that they have attacked you, But if Contrary to Expectations, a Sincere Peace should have been brought about, I would recommend to your Consideration, the Sending a proper Officer accompanied by some of the Shawanese and Delawares, to acquaint all the Savages of the Ouabache, that the Peace is made, And to recommend it to those Nations, to Enter into Alliance with us; And likewise to proceed in the same Manner to the Illinois, who will in the same way, send to the Arkansas, and other Tribes upon the Mississipi; The Officer should watch the Motions of Monsr St Ange the present Commander of the Illinois, as well as the other Commandants, who are greatly to be Suspected; And if He finds, He can go down the River in Safety, He may proceed to the Mobile, And Acquaint the Officer Commanding there of every thing Necessary for Him to be informed of. You will in this Case give the Officer Letters to Monsr de St Ange and Messages to the Inhabitants and Indians who should have Promises of good Treatment. Tho' the Inhabitants shou'd be cautioned against inciting the Indians to any Insurrection, or Spiriting them up with idle Tales.
The Enemy should also send to the Miamies, and Ottawas, to Acquaint Them of the Peace. I should be glad to know the Situation you are in as to Provisions, &c. If You make any New Demands, You will make your Requisition, on Messrs Franks, Inglis, and Barkly, but you will particularly Specify, that You agree on no Price, And that you do not make it under the Faith of any Agreement made in the Year 1760. but on such Agreement as shall be Settled. The Quantity which was to be furnished by Mr Callendar, will I Suppose be nearly Consumed. I Am with great Regard.
General Stanwix observes that the 1 Battn has no Chaplain returned; and begs you would look out for some Clergyman to Officiate. That His Friend Mr Jackson is very willing to pay a Deputy.
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