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Fifty Indians of the Six Nations, at Westmoreland, promise neutrality

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New-London, August 11, 1775.

We hear from Westmoreland, in the western part of this Colony, that last Tuesday se' nnight about fifty Indians of the Six Nations came to that place, and encamped at a small distance from the settlement; the next day they came in and delivered a message, which was to this purpose:

"That they were sorry to hear of the difference which subsisted between Great Britain and the Colonies; that they should not take up the hatchet on either side; that they meant to be at peace with the English as long as the stream ran down the Susquehannah River; that should differences in future arise between us and them, they would try every gentle and healing measure to obtain redress of the grievances; that as Colonel Guy Johnson had left his habitation, and they were destitute of a Superintendent, they desire Colonel Butler to take upon him that trust; and that the place for holding their future Congresses might be Westmoreland."

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