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the Houses, murdered every Person they met, Men, Women and Children, naked and in cold Blood; and at the same Time set Fire to the Houses. | A very few escaped, by running out naked into the Woods in this terrible Weather: And several hid themselves, till the first Fury of the Attack was over ; but these were soon driven from their lurking Places by the Fire, and were all made Prifoners,
Captain Alexander Glen, at this Time, lived at a Distance by himself, on the other Side of the River, and was the most noted Man in the Place. He had at several Times been kind to the French, who had been taken Prisoners by the Mohawks, and had saved several of them from the Fire. The French were sensible what Horror this cruel facking of a defenceless Place, and murdering People in cold Blood, must raise in Mens Minds; and to
effen this, they refolved to fhew their Gratitude to Captain Glen. They had passed his House in the Night, and observing that he stood on his Defence the next Morning, some of them went to the River Side, and calling to him, assured him, that they designed him no Injury. They persuaded him to come to the French Officer, who restored to him all his Relations that were Prisoners.
Some Mohawks being also found in the Village, the French dismissed them, with Assurance, that they designed them no Hurt.
This. Conduct was not only necessary to promote the Peace which the Count De Frontenac with so much Earneftness defired, but likewife to fecure their Retreat, by making the Mohawks less eager to pursue them.
The French marched back, without reaping any visible Advantage from this barbarous Enterprize, besides the murdering fixty-three innocent Persons
in cold Blood, and carrying twenty-seven of them away Prisoners.
The Care the French took to sooth the Mohawks had not intirely its Effect, for as soon as they heard of this Action, a hundred of their readiest young Men pursued the French, fell upon their Rear, and killed and took twenty-five of them.
This Action frightned the Inhabitants in about Albany so much, that many resolved to be fert the Place, and retire to New-York. They were packing up and preparing for this Purpolé, when the Mohawk Sachems came to Albany to condole, according to their Custom, with their Friends; when
Misfortune befals them. I shall give their Speech on this Occasion, as it will be of Use to the Reader, in order to his forming a true Notion of the Indian Genius. They spoke the twentyfifth of March as follows.
“ Brethren, the Murder of our Brethren at “ Scheneflady by the French grieves us as much,
as if it had been done to ourselves, for we are in " the same Chain; and no doubt our Brethren of “ New-England will be likewife fadly affected with " this cruel Action of the French. The French
on this Occasion have not acted like brave Men, " but like Thieves and Robbers. Be not there“fore discouraged. We give this Belt to wipe
away your Tears.
“ Brethren, we lament the Death of so many "C6 of our Brethren, whole Blood has been shed at " Schenectady. We don't think that what the « French have done can be called a Victory, it is
only a farther Proof of their cruel Deceit. The “ Governor of Canada sends to Onondaga, and talks
to us of Peace with our whole House, but War
was in bis Heart, as you now fee by woful Ex" perience. He did the same formerly at Cada“ rackui, and in the Senekas Country. This is
< the third Time he has acted so deceitfully. He “ has broken open our House at both Ends, for« merly in the Sanekas Country, and now here. " We hope however to be revenged of them. « One Hundred of our bravest young Men are in " Pursuit of them, they are brisk Fellows, and « they will follow the French to their Doors. We
will beset them so closely, that not a Man in * Canada shall dare to step out of Doors to cut a “ Stick of Wood; But now we gather up our « Dead to bury them, by this second Belt.
« Brethren, we came from our Castles with “ Tears in our Eyes, to bemoan the Bloodshed “ at Schenectady by the perfidious French. While “ we bury our Dead murdered at Schenectady, we “ know not what may have befallen our own “ People, that are in Pursuit of the Enemy, they may
be dead; what has befallen you may happen to us; and therefore we come to bury our « Brethren at Schenectady with this third Belt.
" Great and sudden is the Mischief, as if it had «« fallen from Heaven upon us. Our Forefathers cí taught us to go with all Speed to bemoan and " lament with our Brethren, when any Difafter or “ Misfortunes happens to any in our Chain. Take “ this Bill of Vigilance, that you may be more ac watchful for the future. We give our Brethren cc Eye-Water to make them sharp-fighted, giving " a fourth Belt.
66 We are now come to the House where we
usually renew the Chain ;, but alas ! we find the **** House polluted, polluted with Blood. All the 16 Five Nations have heard of this, and we are << come to wipe away the Blood, and clean the « Houfe.' We come to invite Corlear, and every
one of you, and Quider (calling to every one of " the principal Men present by their Names) to be “ revenged of the Enemy, by this fifth Belt.is
6 Brethren, be not discouraged, we are strong “ enough. This is the Beginning of your War, (and the whole House have their Eyes fixed upon " you at this Time, to observe your Behaviour. “They wait your Motion, and are ready to join “ in any resolute Measures. 6 Our Chain is a strong Chain, it is a Sil
ain, it can neither ruft nor be broken. « We, as to our Parts, are resolute to continue 64 the War.
“ We will never defift, so long as a Man of us se remains. · Take Heart, do not pack up
go away, this will give Heart to a daftardly “ Enemy ; We are of the Race of the Bear, and a “ Bear you know never yields, while one Drop “ of Blood is letc. iVe mujt all be Bears; giving
a fixth Belt.
“ Brethren, be patient, this Disaster is an Afr « Aiction which has fallen from Heaven upon
us. The Sun, which hath been cloudy, and “ fent this Disaster, will shine again with its plea“ fant Beams. Take Courage, said he, Courage, 56 repeating the Word several Times as they gave « a seventh Belt."
(To the English.) Brethren, three Years ago we were engaged in a bloody War with the Frennh, and you encouraged us to proceed in it. Our Success answered our Expectation ; but we were not well begun, when Corlear stopt us from going on. Had you permitted us to go on, the French would not now have been able to do the Mischief they have done, we would have prevented their fowing, planting or reaping.
This was spoke to the Englise, who were about removing from Albany.
We would ha e humbled them effectually, but now we dic. The Obstructions you then made now ruin us. Let us after this be steady, and take no such false Measures for the future, but prosecute the IVar vigorously. Giving a Bever Skin.
The Brethren must keep good. Watch, and if the Enemy come again, lend more speedily to
Don't defert Schenectady. The Enemy will glory in feeing it desolate. It will give them Courage that had none before, fortify the Place, it is not well fortified now: The Stockadoes, are too tort, the Indians can jump over them. · Gave a Bever Skin.
Brethren, The Mischief done at Schenectady cannot be helped now; but for the future, when the Enemy appears any where, let nothing hinder your sending to us by Expresses, and fire great Guns, that all may be alarmed. We advise you to bring all the River Indians under your Subjection to live near Albany, to be ready on all Occasions.
Send to New-England, tell them what has happened to you. They will undoubtedly awake and lend us their helping Hand. It is their Interest, as much as ours, to push the War to a speedy Conclufion. Be not discouraged, the French are not so numerous as some people talk. If we but heartily unite to push on the War, and mind our Business, the French will soon be fubdued.
The Magistrates having returned an Answer on the twenty-seventh, to the Satisfaction of the Indians, they repeated it all over, Word by Word, to let the Magistrates see how carefully they minded it, and then added.
Brethren, we are glad to find you are not discouraged. The best and wifeft Men fometimes make Mistakes. Let us now pursue the War vigorously. We have a hundred Men out, they are good Scouts. We expect to meet all the Sachers