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[210] Connecticut led by Colonel Israel Putnam,1 the whole
chap. X.} 1764. Aug.
under the command of Bradstreet, reached Niagara. There was found a vast concourse of Indians, of various nations, willing to renew friendship, and expecting presents. The Senecas, to save their settlements from imminent destruction, brought in prisoners, and ratified a peace.

Bradstreet had been ordered by General Gage to give peace to all such nations of Indians as would sue for it, and to chastise those that continued in arms; but none remained in arms. Half way from Buffalo to Erie, he was met by deputations from the Shawnees, the Delawares, the Hurons of Sandusky, and the Five Nations of the Scioto valley, desiring that the chain of friendship might be brightened; and he settled a treaty with the nations dwelling between Lake Erie and the Ohio.

At Detroit, Bradstreet was welcomed by the

Hurons with every expression of joy and respect. A detachment was sent to take possession of Michilimackinac, and a vessel found its way into Lake Huron. On the seventh of September, great numbers of Indians, especially Ottawas and Chippewas, assembled at Bradstreet's tent, and seated themselves on the ground for a Congress. The Ottawas and Chippewas on that day cashiered all their old-chiefs, and the young warriors shook hands with the English as with brothers.2 The Miamis disclosed their

1 The uncommonly meritorious work of Parkman on the Pontiac war, adopts too easily the cavils of the British officers at Bradstreet and at the American battalions. Bradstreet was an excellent officer, and the troops of Connecticut were not ‘scum and refuse,’ but good New England men, and they did their work well. Mante is an able and well-informed historian, distinguished for his accuracy and his general impartiality.

2 Mante, 517-524.

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