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1758, July 30, Fort Loudoun

Sir on the 20th jnstant arrived here the Express with Letters from your Excellency, and according your orders, the next Day j Sent to Chotee, to acquaint old Hopp and the rest of the Warriours, that j had Letters to Communicate to them, and desired them to appointd the Day and Place where we shoul meet. old Hopp sent me word, that he should be glad to see me ar Chotee on the 21_h accordingly j went with Ensn. Coytmore and Dr. Anderson, and in my way j took little Carpenter with me. when we came there, old Hopp Said, j am affraid my Brother, the Governer, has heard of the Behaviour of Som of our People, but j protest j am innocent of it, and wish that great many more had Suffered for their bad Conduct. When j had read to them what had happened in Virginia, and all their Recontees, they Seemed to be Sorry for it, and old Hopp Said, j told them when they went away, to be kind to the White People, but some will be Rogues; and we have to many amongst us, Expecialy the lower Towns; on which j tolk him that Some of Satico had been cncerned with the rest, and that j was well informed that they had brought with them great Quantity of Goods, belonging to the White People. j know that very well Said old Hopp, and have heard of it but what can j do, j must Call them all together, and Speack to them j desire you to come back here on the 28th and you...

1758, June 24, Fort Loudoun

Sir As Mr. Elliot is going to town j take this opportunity, to acquaint your Excellency, that on the 25th ultimate, john Brown and McClain, another Villian like him, j being afraid to be talen up Stold Horses & went away, a little Distance from the Fort, they met a Soldier Thos. Thompson of my Company who was looking after a Horse, they persuaded him to go with them to look after Beavers Traps, great Search was made after the Soldier, and jndian the night after said that Brown had hired him, to go with him down the River for Some Beavers Traps, that hw was Surprised to See them ride So hard, for theu went to a place, where the little Carpenter had left Some Canoes when he cam from War, which is 50 Miles from hence. He said that when they saw the Canow, they seemed very glad, they wanted him to go with them in the Canoe a little further, but he did not like their talk, he saw them going down the River, he then being afraid to stay there by himself, as it is the Enemy Path, he took one of the best Horses, and came away as fast as he could. Immediately j sent to old Hop and Standing Turkey to tell them what had happened, and promised 300 weight of Leather to any jndian that would go after them, and bring them a live, or their Scalps they sent me word, that it was impossible for them to go to the Enemy, because of the great Quantity of jndians in those Parts,...

1758, September 30, Fort Loudoun

Sir A few Days after enfion Coytmore went from hence Richard Smith the Linguifter came here from Fort Cumberland with a letter to Old Hop from the late Governour Mr. Glen to invite the Cherokees to go to War with the General against the French. They debated on the Subject a few Days, at last the Little Carpenter said he would go; and fixed on the twentieth of August for his Journey. He beat up for Volunteers, and went away with thirty. I received a Letter from your Excellency the Difturbances between the People in Virginia and thefe People have greatly increafed. The Indians complain that a great Number of them is killed, and feveral came Home wounded. The Party that went with Colonel Byrd is returned. They say that when they were pafsing thro’ Bedford County they met several White Men in Arms, and Thomas Beamer, who was with them as Linguifter, told the White People that they need not be afraid of them, and shewed them Orders to provide them with Necefsaries on their Way Home. But notwithftanding his orders, next Morning when they were a little Diftance the White People followed them fired upon them, and killed three of them. They came home very much enraged and talked very loudly for Revenge. It is also further reported that eight or nine more have been killed lately, while they were pafsing thro’ thofe Pask. Runners have been sent to Old Hop from the lower Towns and Middle Settlements to engage thefe People on this side the Hills to take up Arms against thofe People in Virginia that...

1759, November 23, Fort Loudoun

Sir I have Received your Dispatch of the 12th Instant and immediately I sent for the Little Carpenter, to give him your Excellency’s Talk: He seem’d to be well pleased when he heard that you was taking away the Black Beads from the string of white Wampum that you gave him, but finding that your Excellency was not mentioning to him that you wou’d be glad to see him, he grew thoughtfull on which we put at the bottom of your Talk that when you shou’d be at Keowee, you wou’d send for him with the rest of the Warriors. Now, said he, I am quite satisfied and well plesed and I am going to send a Runner to Willeway, to tel him to come immediately, and we shall consult together and do everything for the best. There are but few men in the Towns. They are all a hunting; but I am told, that Runners have been sent every where, to order them to come to their Towns. The Indians have not brought yet Charles McCunninghill to the Fort. Two days ago the Little Carpenter told me to sent five or Six men to his House, and that he wou’d hide them, and at the same time he wou’d send for McCunningham, and tell him he had something to say to him, which accordingly I did but some Bufsy Body seeing some of our Men with the Little Carpenter, went and told him to hide himself, for that we intended to take him; and the Indian that was sent, brought word that he wou’d not come: but I...

1759, December 4, Fort Loudoun

Sir I have Received your Dispatches of Nov. 23d that your Excellency sent b John Elliot: Some time before I had sent Macklemore with a Letter, but when he came to Highwafsee, he hearing that a great many indians were on the Path, in their way to Keowee, he was afraid to go further, and came back again. Mr. Elliot arrived here the 30th Ult. And the Little Carptenter was sent for immediately, when he heard that your Excellency wou’d be glad to see him, he said that his Gang was not yet come from hunting and shou’d be very glad to have them along with him, but (sais he) I hope they will be hear in two or three Days, and then I shall set off: and desired me to keep the Exprefs to go along with him. Yesterday he came to the Fort and said that his People were not yet come but Notwithstanding he wou’d set off this Day with Willeleway and two or three more: for (sais he) I find that Old Hop, grows more and more a Rogue every Day, and I am very well inform’d that he is very angrey with me, because I went to warr against the French and hafve killed severall, and that I have spoiled him scheim, and farther said, that if I was going any more to warr against the French, I shou’d not come back alive. But (sais he) I do not mind him, and I shall never consult him again. And when I see the Governour I shall give him an Account of all the Rogues....

1759, December 7, Fort Loudoun Letter 1

Sir As the Little Carpenter is going down this Day to Keowee to see your Excellency: He has desired me to write by him, he sets off without speaking to Old Hop and the rest of the Heardmen because he thinks that they are not well intentioned, and he did not choose to have any talk from them. I do sincerely believe that his intentions are good, but it is hard to judge of Indians sincerity. I believe he wishes that your Excellency wou’d appoint him Governor in the Room of Old Hop, to have the Management of these People I do not hear any bad Talks, from any of the Indians, but from those who have been guilty of Murder and other Crimes, especially from Settico, and some of them have been as bold as to say that they wou’d meet your Excellency on Chesnut Hill, and dispute the Pafsage with you; but I hope it will be nothing. I am with Great Respect Sir Your Most Obedient and Humble Servant Paul...

1759, December 7, Fort Loudoun Letter 3

Sir This will be delivered by the Carpenter who setts out this morning with a firm Resolution of accomodating matters with your Excellency, he Expects that the Transgrefsors will be Demmanded and has just told me that his Voice will be for Delivering them. He may at first plead for them as he Affects popularity; but I am Confident he will fall in to all your Excellency’s measures. he goes without speaking to, or Reccuring any mefsage from Old hop. And Says that he only wants for Orders from Your Excy. to take upon thim the Execution of the Old Fellows office. This at present is the Grand ___ourt he has in view. We hear nothing worth Communicating many Idle Stories flying about amongst the Indians Suggested by their fears I am with the Greatest Respect Sir Your Excellency’s most obedient & most humblefer John Stuart Fort Loudoun 7th Decem 1759 To His Excelly Governor...

1759, December 12, Fort Loudoun

Sir I have Received a Letter from Lieut. Coytmore of the 6th Instant by John Arcy, by which he acquaints Me, that your Excellency’s Orders were: that Old Hop shou’d b informed that the Little Carpenter, of any other Head Man, shou’d be appointed, to come down to Keowee with Power to settle matters, as shou’d be found requisat to make things Straight, as He himself was present. Accordingly I sent for him to come to the Fort, and that I had a Letter to communicate to him; but the Old Fellow sent me severall excuses, saying that it was cold Weather, and that he had the care of a littlechild, therefore he cou’d not come. As it hapned then that the Warrior of Tennesee, and the Great Warrior’s Mephew were at my House, I acquainted them, with what Old Hop had said; and farther told them, that as the Old Fellow by his severall talks, had made the Path bloody, it was not My businefs to go to him, but for him to come to the fort to me, to hear what your Excelleny required: and that his excuse at this present time, look’d very foolish, by saying that he was to look after a Child, when the Governor of South Carolina, hath left his Province, and was come as far as Keowee, with all the Head Men of the Cherokee Nation; to endeavour to make everything Straight. Therefore I desired him, without any Delay, to acquaint Some Body to act for him. The Warrior of Tennesee promised me that he wou’d tell him, what I told him:...

1759, December 7, Fort Loudoun Letter 2

Sir This well be delivered by the Carpenter who Setts out this morning with a firm Resolution of accomodating matters with Your Excellency, he Expects that the Transgrefsors witll be Demmanded and has Just told me that his Voice will be for Delivering them he may at first plead for them as he Affects popularity, but I am confident he will fall into all your Excellency’s measures, he Goes without Speaking to, or Receiving any mefsage from Old Hop and Says that he only waits for orders from Your Exey to take upon him the Execution of the Old Fellows office. This at present is the Grand point he has in View. We hear nothing with worth Communicating many Idle Stories flying about amongst the Indians suggested by their fears. I am with the Greatest Respect Your Excellency’s most obedient & most humble Sert John Stuart Fort Loudoun 7th Decem. 1759 To His Excelly Govenor...

8 May 1759, Fort Loudon

We have been to y French fort and no Succefs. Y reason of it wafs, while 42 of our brefkost Younge fellows was waiting about the fort, and y rest of us within Eight Mile of it with our canoes at camp, gooding Stole one of the cannos and wone of our people that wafs Lurking About y fort See the French Indians beat him, the outside of y fort, he stole away with him 2 of our jndians Bundles, y French and Indians purfued our People from y fort on the information Gooding Gave Them. We Left our Cannoes about 30 Miles from y French fort and traveld by land we hope to be at home in 20 days The woods being very difficult to travel and we are al strangers to y way and will inform you of Every Matter. Wm. Shorie To Capt. Paul Demere Commanding Officer at Fort Loudoun Letter from Wm. Shorie to Capt. Paul Demere at Fort Loudon dated 8th May 1759...
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