the monument to Pitt
's name at the head of the Ohio
and have brought all the settlers to this side the mountains.
‘The country to the westward of our frontiers, quite to the Mississippi
, was intended to be a desert for the Indians to hunt in and inhabit.’
Such a policy was impossible; already there was at Detroit
the seed of a commonwealth.
The long protracted siege drew near its end. The belts sent in all directions by the French
, reached the nations on the Ohio
and Lake Erie
that their old allies would depart; the garrison in the Peorias was withdrawn; the fort Massiac was dismantled; its cannon sent to St. Genevieve
, the oldest settlement of Europeans in Missouri
The missionary, Forget, retired.
the message to all the nations on the Ohio
was explained to the Piankishaws, who accepted the belts and the calumets.
The courier who took the belt to the north, offered peace to all the tribes wherever he passed;4
and to Detroit
, where he arrived on the last day of October, he bore a letter of the nature of a proclamation, informing the inhabitants of the cession of Canada
; another, addressed to twenty-five nations by name, to all the Red Men
, and particularly to Pontiac
, chief of the Ottawas; a third to the commander, expressing a readiness to surrender to the English
all the forts on the Ohio
, and east of the Mississippi
The next morning Pontiac
sent to Gladwin
, that he accepted the peace which his father, the