But all the plantations, teeming with
prodigious quantities of corn, were laid waste; and four thousand of the red people were driven to wander among the mountains.
The English army, till its return in July to Fort Prince George, suffered from heat, thirst, watchings, and fatigue of all sorts; in bad weather they had no shelter but boughs and bowers; for twenty days they were on short allowance; their feet were torn by briers and mangled by the rocks; but they extended the English
frontier seventy miles towards the west; and they compelled the Cherokees to covenant peace, at Charleston
, with the royal governor and council.
‘I am come to you,’ said Attakulla-kulla, ‘as a messenger from the whole nation, to see what can be done for my people in their distress.’
Here he produced the belts of wampum from the several towns, in token of his investment with full authority from all. ‘As to what has happened,’ he added, ‘I believe it has been ordered by our Great Father above.
We are of different color from the white people; but the same Great Spirit made all. As we live in one land, let us love one another as one people.’
And the Cherokees pledged anew to Carolina the friendship, which was to last as long as the light of morning should break above their villages, or the bright fountains gush from their hill-sides.1
Then they returned to dwell once more in their ancient homes.
Around them nature, with the tranquillity of exhaustless power, renewed her beauty; the forests blossomed as before; the thickets were alive with melody; the rivers bounded exultingly in their course;