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But friendship lives in the heart of the savage.

chap. XV.} 1760.
Listen to the tale of a red man's fidelity. Attakullakulla, hearing that Stuart, his friend, was a prisoner, hastened to ransom him, by giving every thing he could command; and when Oconostata, in a great council at Chotee, would have compelled the assistance of the English agent in the proposed siege of Fort Prince George, the Little Carpenter took him away as if to hunt for venison, and struck through the wilderness for Virginia. Nine days and nights they travelled, with such game as they killed for their food, with the light in the sky for their guide, through gaps rarely trodden, even by wild beasts,— for the beasts of the forests pick their paths;—on the tenth day, they met a detachment of Virginians on Holston River.1

The country beyond the mountains was deserted; nor was Carolina safe. But Montgomery, by his expedition had only inflamed the war,2 and, having obeyed the letter of his instructions by reaching the country of the Cherokees,3 prepared to embark precipitately for the North. The province was in the greatest consternation. On the eleventh of July, the General Assembly represented their inability to ‘prevent the Cherokees from ravaging the back settlements;’ and ‘unanimously entreated’ the lieutenant governor ‘to use the most pressing instances with Colonel Montgomery not to depart with the king's troops, as it might be attended with the most pernicious consequences.’ But Montgomery, though

1 Major Lewis to the Honorable Col. Byrd, of Virginia, without date, but probably near the 8th of September, in Lords of Trade, 11 Nov., 1760.

2 Bull to Lords of Trade, July, 1760.

3 Col. Montgomery to Lieut. of Governor Bull, July, 1760.

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