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Letter from Guy Johnson to Governour Penn


The Governour laid before the Board a Letter he received from Colonel Guy Johnson, dated 22d July, 1774, which follows in these words, viz:

Guy Park, July 22, 1774.

SIR: Your despatch of the 28th ultimo, to Sir William Johnson, arrived when that worthy man was, through the fatigues occasioned by the late general Congress, (which is just ended) very much indisposed; he nevertheless continued all that day to do business with them, but in the evening was seized with a relapse, which carried him off in a fit that night. As it was a very critical period, and that he had strongly recommended me for his successor to his Majesty' s Ministers, I continued to conduct the business of the Congress at the earnest entreaty of the Indians, and brought it, I think, to a happy termination, and have now received his Excellency General Gage' s appointment to the Superintendency till his Majesty' s final pleasure is


known. I enlarged during the Conference on the unhappy situation of your frontiers, and represented it as the duty of the Six Nations to bring those they call their dependants to reason. They have accordingly agreed to send Deputies from each Nation to the Southward, who will set out tomorrow, but they complain very much of the ill treatment they receive from the frontier people of Virginia, &c˙, and of their encroachments, and demand redress.

The hurry in which the late sudden accident has engaged me, and the number of despatches I must now necessarily make up for the post, who is waiting, will not permit me to be more particular at present, but you may be assured, sir, that whilst I have any thing to do in these affairs, I shall use my utmost endeavours for the peace and happiness of your Province, and, from true personal regard, shall always be glad to serve or oblige you, as I am, with real esteem, sir, your most obedient and most humble servant,


P˙ S˙ I have taken the liberty to enclose a letter to Mr˙ McKee, on occasion of the present troubles as I understand there is no post to Fort Pitt, and that it might meet with great delay. I shall be glad to have any further information respecting your frontiers.