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1774, July 4 - Letter: Arthur St. Clair to Gov. Penn, 1774
Ligonier, July 4th, 1774.
Sir: I have the Honour to inclose you the last piece of Indian Intelligence, which came by Capt. White Eyes a few days ago, and am very happy that Affairs have so peacable and Aspect, yet I cannot suppress my Fears that it will soon be interrupted, as a large Body of Virginians are certainly in motion. Coll. Henry Lewis* is ordered to the mouth of the Kenhawa to build a Fort there, and Major McDonald, with about five hundred, is to march up Braddocks road and down to Wheeling to build another there, and Cresap, with three others, are appointed to raise ranging Companies. With such Officers as Cresap, no good can be expected, so that it is very doubtful all attempts to preserve the tranquility of the Country will be fruitless.
The men that have been raised here we have thought proper to continue another month, as the Harvest will, by that time, be over. They have Orders to assist and protect the People in the different Quarters where they are posted, and I hope by that means it will be secured.
The Arms and Ammuntion are not yet arrived, but I hear they will reach that place tomorrow or next day.
I have the Honour to be, Sir, Your most obedient Humble Servant,
Ar. St. Clair
Last Week Mr. Connolly issued an order to prevent any Skins being removed from Pittsburg, till they paid Duty as in Virginia.
There has been some Appearance of the old seed of the Black Boys, a number of People had assembled to stop Mr. Somons goods, but I had got notice of it and sent a Party to protect them, and have issued Warrants against them, their ring leader will certainly be taken this day.
* Should be Andrew Lewis
Pennsylvania Archives, Series 1, Volume 4, Pennsylvania Archives 1774, Page 539, Letter: Arthur St. Clair to Gov. Penn, 1774.
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