Letter of the King, Headmen, and Warriors of the Catawba Indians, 1753 July 26.
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The King Headmen & Warriors of the Catawbaws to their Loving Brohr. the Governor of Virginia We are very much obliged to you for the advice you gave us by Mr. Morrice, and the care you take to preserve us from our Enemy and as you have accqd. us that the French with their Indians have taken up the Hatchets against you and disturbed your Settlement you may depend on our doing our uttermost to drive them back & kill them. But we are in a Low condition at present many of our People dying daily of the Flux and the Enemy has been about and lately killed Fourteen we are in great hopes that its not of Five Nations that made Peace with us, we cannot think any of those brave Nations nor the old white headed man that shook hands with me would break his word and likewise his pledge that I now have and shall keep for ever Our Ears have been alwise open to your Talk and we shall ever be ready at all times to assist you and all our good Friends ye white people We shall wait to see our Friends the Cherrokees and consult wt. them and you may depend on our doing our uttermost to drive those people from our Land and prevent their settling there. We desire you will send us some powder and Bulletts and weapons for we are at Present very poor and unable to buy any Your ansr. we expect by Mr. Morrice as he is to return to go along with the Cherrokees. we likewise desire you to writte to the Governor of New York that he may accqt. the Five Nations how much we are oppressed by French Indians and that they have killed Fourteen of us we have been after them often but never
[vertically at left] √ The 15th June