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Lord Dunmore arrived at Williamsburg


Williamsburg, Va., December 5, 1774. Yesterday, in the afternoon, his Excellency the Governour arrived at the Palace in this City from his expedition against the Indians, who have been humbled into a necessity of soliciting peace themselves, and have delivered hostages for the due observance of the terms, which cannot fail of giving general satisfaction, as they confine the Indians to limits that entirely remove the grounds of future quarrel between them and the people of Virginia, and lay a foundation for a fair and extensive Indian trade, which, if properly followed, must produce the most beneficial effects to this country.

We hear that four of the principal Shawanese warriours are expected here in a few days, and that twelve headmen and warriours of the Delaware and other tribes are left at Fort Dunmore as hostages. The Indians have delivered up all the white prisoners in their Towns, with the horses and other plunder they took from the inhabitants, and even offered to give up their own horses. They have agreed to abandon the lands on this side of the Ohio, (which river is to be the boundary between them and the white people,) and never more take up the hatchet against the English. Thus, in little more than the space of five months, an end


is put to a war which portended much trouble and mischief to the inhabitants on the Frontiers, owing to the zeal and good conduct of the Officers and Commanders who went out in their country' s defence, and the bravery and perseverance of all the Troops. Our tributes of praise are justly due to the gallant men that fell, whose deaths are a publick loss, and irreparably so to their distressed families and friends; but their names will be handed down to posterity with honour. The Army was broke up, and many of them had arrived at their respective homes.