Hiwassie, was able to say that no English blood had
ever been spilled by the young men of his village; and he gave assurances of peace from all the towns in his region.
But the governor, by a precipitate exercise of the prerogative, had, against the wish of the province, called out the militia, and invited the governors of Georgia
, North Carolina
, and Virginia
, the warriors of the Catawbas, Chickasaws, Creeks, Tuscaroras, and other friendly Indians
, to join his expedition; and therefore, in spite of the opposition of four of his council,1
he went on. ‘I am now going with a great many of my warriors to your nation,’ said he finally to the deputies, ‘in order to demand satisfaction of them.
If you will not give it, when I come to your nation, I shall take it.’
Oconostata, and those with him, claimed for themselves the benefit of the safe conduct under which they had come down.
spoke, concealing his purpose under words more false than the wiles of the savage: ‘You, Oconostata, and all with you, shall return in safety to your own country; and it is not my intention to hurt a hair of your head.
There is but one way by which I can insure your safety; you shall go with my warriors, and they shall protect you.’2
On Friday, the twenty-seventh, Lyttleton
, with the Cherokee
envoys, left Charleston
to repair to Congaree
, the gathering place for the militia of Carolina