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[339] and three of the Shawnees. But hearing from him
chap XVIII} 1765. Oct.
that the Iroquois, the Shawnees, and the Delawares had made peace, they were terrified lest the whole of the northern Indians should join to avenge on them the death of those whom they had slain; and they sued piteously for forgiveness. The five nations that dwelt on the Wabash gave him each a calumet, and offered to guide British troops from Fort Pitt to the Illinois.

Brother,’ said they all to Croghan, ‘have pity on us, our women and children. The Great Spirit, who lade all things, made you and the French first, and us after, so that we are your youngest brethren. It is you, brother, and the French made this last war. The French and you are now all as one people. In the name of all our tribes, promote the good work of peace.’

While on his way to the Illinois, Croghan met deputations from the nations dwelling there, and Pontiac himself;1 with whom it was agreed, that the English should take possession of all the posts which the French formerly held. From the Wabash, the agent went to Detroit, where the good results were confirmed in council.

As soon as an account of the success of this negotiation reached Fort Pitt, Captain Stirling, with one hundred men of the Forty-second regiment, was detached down the Ohio, to relieve the French garrison. They arrived safely at Fort Chartres, where St. Ange gave them a friendly reception; and, in the fall of the leaf, on the morning of the tenth of October,2 he surrendered to them the left bank of the Mississippi.

1 Croghan to Alexander McKee, 3 Aug.

2 Capt. Stirling to Gage. French Procts Verbal.

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