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Report of Committee on the Services of Mr. James Wood


Mr˙ Bland, from the Committee appointed to inquire into the services of Mr˙ James Wood, who was sent by the House of Burgesses to invite the several tribes of Indians on the Western Frontiers of this Colony to a Treaty, according to a Resolution of the Council and House of Burgesses in June last, reported, that the Committee had, according to order, had the same under their consideration, and that it appeared to them that the said James Wood set out on the 25th of June last, in the execution of his commission; that, in his progress through the several tribes of Indians, he was informed that Governour Carleton' s emissaries had exerted their endeavours to persaade them to


take up the hatchet against this Colony; that, in consequence thereof, many of the said Indians entertained very hostile intentions; that the said Wood was frequently in danger of his life, particularly from one of those hostile tribes who had formed a scheme for killing him, but that he discovered their design, and made his escape; that, at last, by exerting all his abilities, he happily removed their prejudices, and engaged them, with the other tribes, to attend the said Treaty, which engagement they accordingly performed, whereby peace and safety was restored to this Colony; that the said Wood was near two months employed in the progress of this business, and underwent the greatest fatigues, difficulties, and dangers. And that they had come to the following Resolution thereupon; which he read in his place, and afterwards delivered in at the Clerk' s table, where the same was again twice read, and agreed to:

Resolved, That the said James Wood ought to be paid the publick the sum of two hundred and fifty Pounds, the great service he hath done to this Colony, by his diligent and faithful execution of the Commission with which he was intrusted.