THE OHIO VALLEY-GREAT LAKES ETHNOHISTORY
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(April 25, 1778)
Hamilton, Henry in: Haldimand
Papers [B 122, p. 35] and in
Michigan Hist. Collections,
vol. 9, pp. 434.
March the 7th Lieutenant Governor Abbot with his family arrived from St. Vincennes, from his report of the state of the Post, I am humbly of opinion it must be impossible for the Ouabash Indians to be kept in order, without a vast expense in presents of the presence of some Troops.
Indeed in all those Posts where the French had settled a trade and intercourse with the Savages, an officers presence with Troops is much wanted, for the minds of the Indians in remote posts are poisoned by the falsehoods and misrepresentations of the French.
As to the Indians of the Ouabash, they have been out of the way of knowing the Power of the English and from a presumption of their own importance will be arrogant and troublesome.
Monsieur de Celoron writes me word from Ouiattonong, that some parties to the number of 50 men, partly Quiquaboes, Mascontainges & Ouiattanongs are gone to war towards the Ohio, their success is not yet known. I have sent him some Ammunition & Arms & to gratify those among them who behave well.
to TOC, p. 23
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