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Governor Robert Dinwiddie to the Sachems and Warriors of the Great Nations of the Cherokees and Catawbas, November 4, 1754

extracted from

The Official Records of Robert Dinwiddie, Volume I, R. A. Brock, editor
(Richmond: Virginia Historical Society, 1883), page 391.


Governor Dinwiddie to the Sachems and Warriors of the Great Nations of the Cherokees and Catawbas.
Novr 4th, 1754.

Loving Brothers:

As our Enemies, the Fr., are now in Arms to dispossess You of Yr huntington Grounds on the River Ohio, and threaten Vengence agst You and all the Frdly Inds of the English, I am now raising Forces, and shall, very early in the Spring, send a great Number of our Warriors to dispossess them of the Lands wch they have unjustly invaded on the Ohio. I, therefore, am now to entreat Yr Assistance, and if You will be so kind [as] to Send a good Number of Yr Warriors to defeat the designs of the Fr., You may be assured of a Supply of Powder and Lead at the Ohio, and You may further be assured of the sincere Fdship of Yr Brethren, the English; and [I] am also convinced, that Yr Assistance will be very agreeable to our friendly Inds to the Nowd; and I always shall remn with true Love to You and Yr Nations.

From Your
Affect. And Loving Brother.


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