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Message received from the Delaware Chiefs


May 21. Arrived, two messengers from Newcomer' s Town, and delivered the following Speech in writing:

"Newcomer' s Town, May 13, 1774.

"This day assembled in Council, King Newcomer, Captain Kill Buck, and Thomas McKee, together with several other chief men of the Delawares. They have received a Speech from John Thompson they did not approve of; and they now thought proper to acquaint their brothers at Fort Pitt of him, and would be very glad that our brothers would not take any notice of what he has to say to them, as he only speaks of himself, and there was none of us present; so we would be glad that our brothers of Pennsylvania and Virginia would not hear his speech. He tells us that he will speak to our brothers of Pennsylvania, that they should speak to the people of Virginia, and give them some physic to drink that will bring them to their senses again; this is what he has to say, but we hope that our brothers will not take any notice, or think any thing of it, as he cannot speak for us all."

"To our brothers Colonel CROGHAN, Captain McKEE, and Captain CONOLLY."

Returned the following Answer:

" May 21. BRETHREN: (Chiefs of the Delawares,) We received your Speech of the 13th instant, by the two messengers you sent us, and we return you thanks for putting us on our guard against the bad man you have mentioned in it, (though he was known to us before,) and you may be assured that we shall not pay any regard to what he says to us, or to any other man that does not come with sufficient authority from you. Brethren, we desire you to be strong, and speak to your grand children, the Shawanese, and let them know, that any unruly conduct of theirs at this time will only produce more fatal consequences than has already happened, and that the number of people who yet desire to live and preserve the peace of this


country are far superior to those bad people who desire the contrary, so that if they study their real interest they will not delay to inform us of their sentiments, as they must be convinced that our whole country are now collected in bodies and waiting to hear from them. Brethren, we desire your young men may be informed, that we shall be glad to see them come here and trade as usual." (A string.)