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Information Received at Williamsburg


Williamsburg, Virginia, February 10, 1775.

A private letter from the frontiers, gives an account that the Cornstalk, King of the Shawanese Nation, a few days ago arrived at the mouth of the Great Kenhawa, where Captain Russell is stationed, and delivered to him several of the old white prisoners, and a number of horses, agreeable to Lord Dunmore' s desire. The Cornstalk informs that every thing at present is peaceable and quiet in the quarter he left; but that he would not undertake to say how long that pacifick disposition would last, as the Pennsylvanians have sent some of their traders there, who were endeavouring all they could to persuade them that Lord Dunmore' s view in bringing the hostages to Williamsburg, was to deceive them, and that, whenever it was in his power to raise another Army, he would immediately take every advantage in order to cut them off. This kind of reasoning, however specious, had no material effect, it seems, as the Indians throughout the different Tribes entertain the highest opinion of his Lordship' s conduct with respect to his late manoeuvres on the frontiers.

This morning we received information from a gentleman at the Ohio, that the Mingo Indians have killed three of the Delawares, which gives much concern to the neighbouring white people. The Pennsylvanians, it appears, are greatly blamed, as they use every artifice in their power to create discontent and jealousy among the Indians. Our correspondent says they took one of our Constables, and immediately confined him in one of their Jails; upon which two Companies of the Virginians assembled, being determined to rescue him, which they did, together with some others which they served in the same manner, and also pulled down the Jail. The Mingoes, we are likewise informed, are very desirous to see Lord Dunmore, in order fully to comply with his terms, and to make a lasting peace with him.