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[77] or Little Mingoes at Muskingum were divided;
chap. III.} 1750.
one half adhering to the English. George Croghan, the emissary from Pennsylvania, was already there;1 and traders came with the news, that two of his people were taken by a party of French and Indians, and carried, to the new fort at Sandusky. ‘Come and live with us,’ said the Wyandots to Gist; ‘bring great guns and make a fort. If the French claim the branches of the Lakes, those of the Ohio belong to us and our brothers, the English.’ When they heard that still another English trader had been taken, they would have killed three French deserters for revenge. In January, 1751, after a
delay of more than a month, the Wyandots held a council at Muskingum; but while they welcomed the English agents, and accepted their strings of wampum, they deferred their decision to a general council of their several nations. Leaving the Wyandots, and crossing at White Woman's Creek, where had long stood the home of a weary New England captive, the agent of Virginia reached the last town of the Delawares, five miles above the mouth of the Scioto. These, like the others of their tribe, who counted in all five hundred warriors, promised goodwill and love to the English.

Just below the mouth of the Scioto lay the houses of the Shawnees, on each side of the Ohio. Their room of state was on the north side, in length ninety feet, roofed with bark. They gratefully adhered to the English, who had averted from them the wrath of the Six Nations.

From the Shawnee town the envoys of the English

1 Croghan's Ms Journals, in New York London Documents, XXXIV, 16.

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