1759, November 23, Fort Loudoun
The following data is extracted from Letterbooks of William Henry Lyttleton 1756-1760.
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 shall do my best Endeavor to have him secured.
I have not Received any Letter from Mr. Nutt this long while except one by Capt. Stuart of the 18th of Aug. last and he Mention’d Nothing of Corn, tho I am sure that the Gentleman wrote to me about it, and his Letter may have been intercepted, by some wicked Person, as a great many other Letters have been. Yet Notwithstanding, I shall get six, or seven hundred Bushels of Corn tho our People made but very little this Year.
We are prety quiet in all the Towns, I do not hear any bad talks, except from the Small Pox conjurer of Settico, who is conjuring every Day, and says that when the young People are all comes from hunting he will engage them to come here to the Fort to attack us and afterwards to meet our Excellency on the Mountains. If it is so, or not, I cannot tell; but I have sent him word; to leave off his foolish talks, or otherwise, I wou’d make him repent. I wish your Excellency Health and Prosperity, on your March, andin your undertakings
I am with great Reaspect
and Most Humble Servant
Source: Letterbooks of William Henry Lyttleton 1756-1760