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Correspondence of Governor Sharpe, 1753-1757
Volume 6, Page 560   View pdf image (33K)
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560 Correspondence of Governor Sharpe.

Brother the Governor of Virginia has signified to you that our
Father King George desires you will joyn the English and
declare War against the French and their Indians who without
any just cause or provocation have fallen upon our People and
Scattered their Bones over the Country; you also tell me that
upon our Father's pleasure being made known to you you

have taken up the Hatchet against our Enemies and that you

will hold it fast till you have used it against the French and
the Indians in their Alliance; I am well pleased that you have
already taken such a resolution, I hope you will soon make
our Enemies sensible of it and that you will prosecute the War
Vigorously against them, to make your Hatchet Sharp and to
fasten it in your Hands I present you with this String of black
Wampum, gave a string
You were told you say when you came to Fort Frederick
that you were no longer in Virginia but in another Province,
this was true but I must observe to you that We and the Vir-
ginians are nevertheless one People, The Inhabitants of Caro-
lina, Virginia, Maryland, Pensilvania, and of all the Provinces
to the Northward are Bretheren, Subjects of the same great
King, and they that are Friends to some of us must be Friends
to all, you are then the Friends of all, Let us become one
People and unite against the French and their Indians our
Enemies, Let our Men go out to War with you, Look
on them as your Bretheren, Teach them to fight after your
manner, and then neither the French nor their Allies will be
able to stand before you, For your Encouragement and as a
reward for those that fight bravely I will give you a present as
large as that which I have now sent you (pointing to the small
parcell) for every two Enemies that you shall take Prisoners &
deliver up to me or that you shall kill and bring me the Scalps
of, or I will give you the value thereof in Money, Let this
sink deep into the minds of your young men & let them
remember my promise in the Day of Battle. I have ordered
Capn Beall who Commands at Fort Frederick and the Officer
that commands the men at Fort Cumberland to receive and at
all times Treat you and those of your nation that shall join
you as Bretheren and as my best Friends, I have also notified
your Arrival to your Brother the Governor of Pensilvania; in
this I hope I have done according to your desire and that the
words which I have spoken are agreeable to you, to Confirm
the truth of them and to Convince you that they flow from my
Heart I give you this Belt, gave a Belt and the answer in
After a short pause We addressed Ourselves to them again
and spoke to the following purport.

" Bretheren you have heard your Brother the Governors


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