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1774, Jun 10 - Letter: Alexander McKee, Esq., Agent for Indian Affairs at Fort Pitt
Extract of a Letter from Alex'r McKee, Esqr., Ageng for Indian Affairs at Fort Pitt
Dated June 10th, 1774.*
"You must ere this be acquainted with the critical Situation of this Country -- the unhappy disturbances which have lately arose between the Virginians and the Natives, the event of which Still continues doubtful whether matters will be brought to a general rupture or Accomodation. Hostilities, however, have been Comitted on both Sides, but at presentthere Seems to be a cessation. Some wise interposition of Governmt is truly necessary, and wou'd undoubtedly restore Peace -- without if imposible, and thousands of Inhanbitants must be involved in misery & distress; but to do the Indians Justice, they have given great proofs of their Pacific disposition, and have Acted with more Moderation than those who ought to have been more Rational, a few Mingoes & Shawanese exempted, who have been long refractory; there are more effectual means of chastising them for their Insolences & perfidy than by Involving the defenceless Country in a war, which there is too much reason to fear at this time will become general & which must Inevitably be the destruction of this Country."*
* See Col. Rec, Vol X., p. 195
Pennsylvania Archives, Series 1, Volume 4, Pennsylvania Archives 1774, Page 511, Letter: Alexander McKee, Esq., Agent for Indian Affairs at Fort Pitt, 1774.
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