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To Collo Pollock
I have of 25th and 30th of last whereby I perceive you are fallen the same measures I proposed for establishing a peace with Indians, only with this variation that you insist upon higher than I can think prudent at this ; for as to the delivering up you 20 of the of of the Baron and Mr Lawson [illegible] carrying on the and those to be named by you ,
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To Collo Pollock Sr I have recd yors of the 25th and 30th of last moneths whereby I perceive you are fallen into the same measures I proposed for establishing a peace with ye Indians, only with this variation that you insist upon higher Terms than I can think prudent at this Juncture; for as to the delivering up to you 20 of the Chief contrivers of the Seizure of the Baron and Mr Lawson and of carrying on the Massacre and those to be named by you, it will be fitt to consider how shocking this will be to all the considble men of that nation, who will without doubt believe that they themselves will be the Chief persons pointed at, and rather choose to hazard their lives by the chance of war than submitt to a certain death by yielding themselves your prisoners: the insisting likewise on the delivery of such of Blunts Indians as have had any hand in the Massacre will make them averse to this Treaty, and render Blunt incapable of executing what engagements he shall make to you. In my opinion, after so many have been made Captives and distroy'd and that with such exquisite tortures (as I have been told) an Act of indemnity might very well be passed for the rest, Not that I am pleading for any favour as due to these Indians, On the contrary I think all that had any hand in ye Massacre deserve death; But in the present Circumstances of yr Country (of which the Indians are not altogether ignorant) it Seems very improbable [they? paper damaged] should [illegible, several words, paper damaged] Submit to worse conditions upon a peace than you are able to force them to by carrying on the war; and notwithstanding Blunt may be induced to sign such a Treaty as you propose, yet you will be as far as ever from establishing a peace by that means; for the experience I have had of those very Indians hath shown me that they are easily perswaded to promise anything, but that there is no dependance upon their performance, except where they can find in it either their interest or their Safety, so that if a peace can be obtained with the delivery of two or three of the Ringleaders in ye Massacre, and those named by you [before?] the treaty, the rest [illegible, two or three words, paper damaged] ymselves out of danger, and will neither interrupt ye Treaty nor be like to breake ye peace after it's conclusion As to the practices of the Northern Indians, I have formerly and now again by the man of war that carry's Mr's Hyde given Collo Hunter a particular accot thereof, and desired him to use his endeavours for prevention thereof for the future The enclosed pr me will informe you of the latest & most matereal peice of news we have here