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(Detroit, Dec. 18, 1770)
Stevenson, James in: The
Papers of Sir William
Johnson, vol. 7,
have receivd all the other Goods by Captains Lansing & John Fryer Safe & in good order which will give me pleasure.- Shoud there be any thing awanting please to let me Know it.- I am with Sincere Regard & Esteem
Sir your most Obedient Hble Servant
Please to deliver the Enclosd Letter
to Collo. Claus
FROM JAMES STEVENSON1
A. L. S.2
Detroit 18:th December 1770
I cannot let the express go without informing you that my children here are all quiet, nor do I in the least doubt but they will remain so provided the French Vagabonds don't again stir them up.-
The Province are very dilatory in arranging the Indian affairs, indeed it is absurd to think they will ever form a rational plan for that purpose, their interest is too divided, nor do they appear from their proceedings to know anything about the matter- their intelligence of the manners & customs of the Savages is generally receiv'd from a parcel of Traders whos Ideas do not extend beyond the Circumference of a Beaver-Skin.
The Waindots complain that the french have incroach'd on their Lands, & I bleive they have some cause of discontent.- I have promis'd them to mention it to you, & it is probable one of them will be sent in the spring to complain to you in form.- I could wish justice might be done them, for take the Indians with all their faults, & I give them infinitely the preference to the Rascally Race of French in the settlement.-
The Indians begin to dislike the French, & if some pains was (page 1041) now taken to drive away the French that are amongst them their influence would be intirely at an end.-
Capt. Brown3 writes me he has four Senecas in the Black-hole; I bleive retaliation on the spot would have been much better than making them Prisoners- for what law will they try them by? & who are to sit as their judges? If they are hang'd the savages will look upon it as murder in cool blood, & revenge will ensue.- But perhaps Capt. Brown's Extraordinary Understanding, Uncommon penetration & amazing command of temper will manage the affair with such address as to do honour to himself & answer the most salutary purposes to the public.- I beg my best respects to Mrs. John & the rest of your family.- I am with real esteem
Several french families have slip'd away to the Miamis under a pretense to trade, but I am inform'd they are prevailing on the Indians to grant them lands, & they propose to make a settlement there.- I have sent them a positive order to desist & acquaint the Gen. of it by this opportunity.- If they are allow'd to go on at this rate our back settlements will feel the effects of it whenever we have a war with France- they begin to be very disobedient & I suspect them much more than I do the Indians.-
SR. WM. JOHNSON Bart.
FROM JOHN WETHERHEAD
A. L. S.
Newyork the 19 December 1770
I have now the pleasure of telling you that the Powder & all the other
Goods by the Brittania Captain Munds, are Safely
1 Captain James Stevenson, of the 60th regiment, in command at Detroit.
2 In the Chicago Historical Society, Chicago, Ill.
3 (1, p. 1041) In command at Niagara.
to TOC, p. 20
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