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Answer of Lord Dunmore


Answer to the Speech of the Indians of the Six Nations and Delawares, dated Pittsburgh, May 7, 1774.

"BROTHERS: I have been Informed of the misfortunes that have lately happened in the neighbourhood of Pittsburgh, and have received your speech on the occasion; and I lament no less those that have befallen my brothers, the Indians, than those that have happened to my fellow-subjects, the English.

From the accounts I have received however, the Indians have been the aggressors, and thereby the occasion of the fatal consequences which have ensued. But as you my brethren say, that you always on your parts have made it your constant study to promote the peace subsisting between you and us, and still continue to preserve that chain of friendship, so I take this opportunity of assuring you that your brethren, the Virginians, do cordially love you, and hope always to live in peace, amity, and good correspondence with you. And to that end, if you can point out the offenders against our peace, we will on our parts omit nothing in our power to overtake the transgressors on our side with the punishment due to such crimes.

I rejoice at the information you give me of the good disposition of the Indians of the Lower Towns, and you may assure them that their complaints when they reach us shall be attended to with that candour and justice to which they submit them, and which is due to them.


Williamsburg, May 29, 1774.