Journal of John Echols, 1758 Oct. 26.
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I raised up & presented my gun at one of the Indians but I heard some of our company that was in another house cry out Don't Shoot. I sopt at that & ask them what they were & I believe they sad Cheroke but stood in amaise & reason they had for I suppose there was 20 guns presented at them we went up to them & examind them they said they were Cherokees I made signs to them to shew me their pass but they had none They had with them 5 head of horse kind & skelps that appeared to be white mens 4 of the horses appeard as tho they had been lately taken up but the other was very poor the Indians Began to make Ready to go off but I made signs to them that they must not go that night but they seemd Verry intent to go but we would not agree to it Some of the Company inscisted to fall upon them & kill them for they said they believd they were Shaunees & that they spyes I was Doubtfull that they had a superior number somewhere nigh but I said I was determind to keep them till the Capt came without they would go by forse & if they would we would fire upon them [&?] 2 of the men went of after the Capt who soon met some of the Company who told them that they had been a hunting & that the Capt would soon be in who accordingly came soon after & we informd him how things had hapned in his absence & in what manner the Indians appeared that they had no pass & that they had white skelps So after the Capt heard the opinion of the people he past Sentence of Death upon them But there was one Abraham Dunkleberry a hunter that we Lit off who said they were Cherokees yet he agreed that they were Rogues which seemd to put the Capt to a stand But we had their Guns taken from them & a guard kept over them that night. Next morning being Sunday the 20 Inst upon what Dunkleberry had said the Capt let them have their Guns and & left them go off.