August 30, 1750
The Pennsylvania Gazette
A Message from the GOVERNOR to the Assembly.
FINDING that the Proclamation which I issued last Summer on the Complaints of the Deputies of the Six Nations, against such as had presum'd to settle on their unpurchased Lands, had no Effect, I thought it dangerous to suffer any longer such an open Contempt of the Authority of Government; and therefore gave Orders, that the Laws should be strictly put in Execution against them: And from a Report of the Proceedings of the Magistrates appointed for that Service, which will be laid before you. I thought there would have been no more Cause of Complaint on the Head; but by a Letter I received last Week from the Magistrates of Cumberland County, it looks as if such as were then spar'd, have been since spirited up to stay, and that there will be an absolute Necessity of taking still further Measures against them.
The Accounts from Ohio mention, that the French still continue their Threats against the Indians, who carry on Commerce with our traders; that they are frequently alarmed, as if the French were approaching in a military Manner, and therefore keep themselves upon their Guard; but as nothing hostile has hitherto been attempted, I am in hopes this may blow over, and the French, from the Caution and Unanimity of the Indians in our Alliance, be obliged to alter their Measures.
I have received two or three different Messages from the Twightwees; in their last they tell me, that they have withstood the Solicitations of the French, and, as a Proof of their Attachment to us, have refused their Presents; intimating, at the same time, that as they take nothing from them, they would be pleased to receive some Testimony of our regard: And I am really of Opinion, that since so large an Addition is made to the trade of the Province by their Means, it would be for his Majesty's, as well as the Country's service, if a small Present was sent to them by some Persons of Character, who go to trade in those Parts. When Mr. Weiser left Ohio, he committed several Matters of Consequence to Andrew Montour, finding that the Indians esteemed him, and placed great Confidence in him: This gave him a sort of publick Character, which has put him to some Trouble and Expence, as you will see by his Accounts, which I have order'd to be laid before you, and which have been perused, and allowed to be true, by Mr. Weiser; I therefore recommend it to you, that you will be pleased to make Mr. Montour a suitable Recompence for his Services. The Indians of those Parts are not of the most prudent Behaviour, and therefore it seems necessary there should be always among them some discreet Person, who, by his Influence, may be able to regulate their Conduct, and keep them firmly attached to the British Interest; more especially at a Time when the French leave no Means unattempted to alienate their Affection from us, and to exclude us from any Share of the Benefit of trading with them: Such a Person I take Mr. Montour to be; and, as he resides at Ohio, he will, I am perswaded, upon a proper Recompence, be always ready and willing to serve this Province to the utmost of his Power.
JAMES HAMILTON. Augut 8. 1750.
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