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to the Picks and Twigtwees who are all as one and live together to send some of their Chiefs to the Council, they having great faith in what he says to them, I dare Engage for everything Your Honour puts under his direction to be faithfully and honestly done being thoroughly convinced of his Integrity. I am certain from my own knowledge that the Indians put very little faith in any of the Traders some telling them one thing & some another, therefore I really believe the Indians are under some concern to know the Right. What induces me to give your Honour the trouble of reading so long an epistle, is, Your Honours and the gentlemen of Virginia’s being strangers to the Indian Affairs, therefore I thought it proper to inform you so fully, the proper way to invite the Indians to a Treaty is, to send a Bell of Wampum; which signifies that you have some thing of Importance to Communicate at a council, the time of wch. should be then agreed on: and not to mention the Business till the time of that Council is come. the remarks the Indians made on the Message from the Honble:Lewis Burwell Esqr: by Colo. Patton, was, that he had told them his Business then, and therefore they had no [illegible-torn] the ssme thing over again. Mr. Muntour likewise informs me that it will be in your Honrs: power to Reconcile to our Interest the greatest Body of Indians that are now on the Continent & to draw them from the French, which will be a matter of great consequence to his Majesty, as well as much credit to Your Honour for doing so great a Peice of service to the Government. One James Finley and another are suspected to be taken and carried off by the French who make a practice of taking off our Men every Year, therefore I think it highly necessary to take the French that are at the Loggs Town & detain them till those of Ours taken last Year as well as those suspected to be taken this year are Restored and Restitution made for the goods taken with them. Mr. Muntour tells me the Indians on the Ohio would be glad if the French Traders were taken, for they have as great a dislike to them as we have and think we are afraid of them, because we patiently suffer our Men to be taken by them, without making Reprisals of them the same way. I am of opinion if it would not be too fatiguing, Your Honours Personal Presence at the Treaty would be of great Consequence. I am with the Respect Your Honours most humble servt. Thomas Cresap December 27th 1751.