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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 and 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 honour 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 the council is come. the remark 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 [acces?] on [illegible- paper damaged] to [been?] the something 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 and 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 Names 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