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[342] Carolina ceased to be safe; of the garrison at Telli-
chap. XV.} 1759.
quo, two soldiers fell victims.

In November, 1758, Tiftoe and five other chieftains came down from their mountains to Charleston to reconcile differences and treat of an amnesty.1 The old covenant between them and the English, of which one of the clauses stipulated that murderers should be given up, was revived; they accepted presents to cover up their losses, and gave pledges of inviolable peace. Before the return of the delegates of the remote upper towns,2 warriors of Settico on the Tennessee and of Telliquo had been out3 on the Yadkin and the Catawba, beyond the jurisdiction of South Carolina; but the Cherokee chiefs themselves interposed to recall them, and soothed their anger. It now seemed to them, that aggression and equal revenge had reciprocally done their work, and that harmony was restored.

Not so reasoned Lyttleton, who could not hear the voice of humanity as it spoke from the mountain glades. The legislators of Carolina, who understood the jurisprudence of forest life, meeting at Charleston in March, 1759, refused to consider hostilities with the Cherokees as existing, or to be apprehended; but Lyttleton set aside their decision as an invasion of the prerogative, which alone could treat of peace or war, and give directions for training and employing the militia.

Having inflamed the colonists by asserting authority

1 Speech of Gov. Lyttleton to Oconostata, on council records, of 22 Oct., 1759. Chalmers's History of the Revolt, II. 793.

2 Letter from Old Hop and the Little Carpenter.

3 Lyttleton's Talk to the Cherokee Chief, 22 May, 1759.

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