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Arthur St. Clair to Governour Penn



Pittsburgh, September 15, 1775.

SIR: Curiosity led me to this place to be present at the treaty with the Indians, which was appointed for the 10th instant, and that I might have it in my power to give you the earliest notice, if any thing happened, that appeared necessary for you to be apprized of. The treaty is not yet opened, as the Indians are not come in; but there are accounts of their being on the way and well-disposed. We have, however, been surprised with a manoeuvre of the people of Virginia, that may have a tendency to alter their disposition. About one hundred men marched here from Winchester, and took possession of the fort on the 11th inst˙, which has so much disturbed the Delegates from the Congress, that they have thoughts of removing to some other place to hold the treaty. They did every thing in their power to prevent their coming to the fort, but to no purpose. This step has already, as might naturally be expected, served to exasperate the dispute between the inhabitants of the country, and entirely destroyed the prospect of a cessation of our grievances from the salutary and conciliating advice of the Delegates of the respective Provinces in their circular letter; and they are so sensible, if something is not done soon to prevent it, the dispute must end in open violence, that they have warmly recommended to the Congress, without loss of time, to direct a temporary line. It may be necessary, if that measure meets with your approbation, to furnish some of the Delegates with the draughts and calculations respecting the western extent of the Province. I take the liberty to mention this, that, supposing, if agreeable to you, the proper officer may be directed to supply them, that the Congress may have it in their power to take the matter up, with a prospect of at least no


disadvantage to the Province. I am sensible, Sir, this is out of my way; but the regard I have for your interests, and the gratitude I feel for your favours, must plead my excuse, as they are my only motives.

I have the honour to be, Sir, your most obedient humble servant,


The Honourable Governour Penn.