Topic: Letters

1759, November 22, Fort Loudoun

Sir On the 19th Currant at night Macknamar Arrived here by him I was honoured with your Excellency’s Letter of 12th Currant next Day Captain Demere delivered the Talk to the Carpenter who Exprefs great pleasure at your Excellencys promise to take off the Black beads, as he has upon all occasions Since his Return Showen great desire of Being invited to meet your Excelly Capt Demere added to the talk that you would be pleased to Meet him with the Warriors of the middle Settlements at Keewee. Those have sent the Carprean Invitation to be of there party when they go to Meet You _____ when he first heard your talk by Elliot Read he was So much affected that he Shed tears. He could not Stomach Delivering up their Countrymen and proposed their falling on the French as the properest Satisfaction, but he has been reasoned with Since, and shewen the absurdity of Expecting traders to venture amongst them. If every Angry boy may with impunity take a whiteman’s Life he has been told that if he will heartily fall in with you excelly news, that he will Afterwards be Look’t upon as the head here but, if on the Contrary he takes part with or Endeavours to fereen the Villains who have brought So much Difstr_______ his Country he will Loose the Good character he has...

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1757, October 11, Fort Loudoun

Sir I am very Sorry that I had forgot to Mention to you Excellency, the Receit of the Letter of the 10th of August & that of the 21st of July, with a Pokett compass. It is impossible for me to describe how tormented I am Every Day with the Indians. Some bring their Guns to be mended & it must be done because the Carpenter told them it should be So, and you promised him; Some bring Hatchets to be mended other Padlocks to have keys made to them; others want Salt, others sometimes Meat, & great many other things, which is granted, the Thanck God they are very quiet in all the Towns. I have finished to build the Chimneys of the Barracks and have send the Men in them, they are very comfortable I have pull’d down the our of the way Hutts, & there is fine Parade to excersise the men, and when the Gueard House is finished it will be an other thing. I have made 37 Shutters for the Port Holls with Hinges and cross Bars, and as there was not a nail left, I have ordered the Smithe to Make some out of the old iron to save the little quantity that is left. Since I am here I have used but very little Flower, the other Day, I send the Baker...

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1758, May 20, Fort Loudoun

Sir hearing the beginning of last Month, that Stores and Provisions were coming to the Fort, I sent Ensn. Coytmore with a Party, to Escorte them Safe hire, on his return, he brought me, your Excellency’s Letter of ye 20th of April, he told me that he left there Mr. Turner with the little Carpenter, who is waiting there for the wagon with the Presents, and will have them divided there, so they will not be under my care here. Mr. Turner has Sent great Many Goods here to give to the Indians that will be Willing to go to Virginia along with him, what Success he will have here, I cannot tell, I am afraid very little, but as soon he sets out from hence I shall acquaint your Excellency, of the whole, he is coming with the Carpenter and the rest of the Indians. Mr. Coytmore told me that when he was at Keowee he saw Pork and Bacon for the use of this Fort, in very poor Condition, and as he wanted a Ham for his journey, he looked at great many before he could find one tolerable, some very Soft, and other Magots in them, on the 15 ultimate Mr. Morphey brought 95 Hogs very poor; I wish Mr. Steade would not Send great Quantity of flour, for I have plenty Enough, and about 700...

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1758, April 10, Fort Loudoun

Sir Lieut. Col. Honorth arrived here the 5th instant and deliver’d me a Letter from your Excellency. I am afraid he sha’nt carry but few Indians with him from these Towns, for great Many are gone Towards the Frence Fort, or to the North. On the 3rd instant a Gang of 21 Indians from Satico, (who went away from the Fort, the 9th ultimate) arrived here, they brought with them two Scalps, they did Stay Some time, and seeing no Presents, they went away dissatisfied. I have enquired since of a Man that has been with them at Satico if he had heard, what nation those Scalps were of, and he told me that he was afraid, they were Creeks, for it was on their hunting ground, that they had killed them. I am Sir Your Excellency’s Most humble and Most Obedient Servant Paul...

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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....

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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1760, January 25

Sir I received the 15th instant your Letter of the 29th Ult. I attempted severall times write to your Excellency, after the Little Carpenter went down, but I was always prevented by the treachery of our Indians. Sometimes by the path being way laid, that no Letters shou’d be carried down; finding all was in vain, I sent for the Seed, who had lately come from Warr, and had brought threejndians Prisoners, and five Scalps; and asked him whether he was going down to Keowee, he told me he shou’d be very glad to go to wait on your Excellency, and desired me to give him a Letter, and he wou’d set out next Day, which accordingly I did; but Old Hop who has his Spys every where, surmising that he was to go down Sent for him that Evening, and asked him, whether he was going to Keowee or no, he answer’d yes, on which Old Hop told him, what says he, do you want to steal yourself from me like a Rogue; you shall not go, til the Standing Turkey goes, and the nexct Day he brought me the Letter back again: as I cou’d not suceed that way , I sent for Charles Macklemore, and asked him, whether he wou’d carry a Letter to Keowee, and pafs in the Night by the Town; He told me,...

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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...

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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...

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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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