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Craven to put a stop to the march of any more of their Indians wch will save considerable charge to that Governmt and contribute to ye safety of yrs. But if they should come in amongst you I think you ought to send a body of yr militia to defend Blunts Town till they are retired, representing to Blunt the care you have to protect him in pursuance of yr Treatys and thereby draw him into further engagemts for destroying the remainder of the [Catehara’s?] and Mattamiskeets [Mattamuskeets] wch if he shal fail to do you may threaten him with the return of those South Carolina Indians to extirpate him and his town. As to Blunts [suspicions?] of the Totteros and his cautiousness to offer any Injury to them as being Tributarys of Virginia, I cannot say they are under our protection any otherwise than [that?] they are permitted to come amongst our Tributarys as a people that have never been discovered in any mischief or ill designs agt our Inhabitants and showed themselves very well affected to the Governmt when our Indian Traders were rob'd, going out immediatly in search of those Indians with some of whom they fell in & killed two or three. their number is so small not exceeding 8 men in all that Blunts people need be under no great dread of them, but I cannot discharge them from attacquing ye Tuscoruros nor recall the orders I have given to our other Tributarys & Rangers while there are numbers of the Tuscoruro Nation on our Frontiers that have not yet made peace with you, and that even Blunt and his people cannot be regarded as in amity with us since neither he nor any Deputys from him have hitherto come in to treat of a peace with this Governmt according to [what?] I have formerly writt. The Indian I have here in prison according to ye Relation of yr Messenger proves to be ye same mentioned in yr letter, but however he may have been [once?] very true to you, but it is also [there?] are grounds enough to suspect his changing his inclinations since: for the man at whose plantation he was taken & who brought him hither prisoner, was soon after his return murdered by Indians who [tis probable were?] of ye same Gang & Confederates wth this Indian I have not yet had the opportunity to examine him nor another of ye same Nation (taken since) by any of our Interpreters, but as soon I have you shal hear further concerning them