Carolina in turning rebels to their king have lost all
Chap. XLVI.} 1775. July to Oct.
faith; improve a correspondence with the Indians to the greatest advantage, and even when opportunity to offers, make them take arms against his majesty's enemies, and distress them all in their power; for no terms are now to be kept with them; they have brought down all the savages they could against us here, who, with their riflemen, are continually firing upon our advanced sentries; in short, no time should be lost to distress a set of people so wantonly rebellious; supply the Indians with what they want, be the expense what it will, as every exertion must now be made on the side of government.’
On receiving this order, in which Indians and riflemen of the backwoods were purposely confounded, Stuart
promised the strictest obedience; he sent by way of Pensacola
to the Lower Creeks
and even to the Chickasaws; he looked with impatience for answers to his messages to the different nations.
To the Upper Creeks
he despatched his own brother as confidential envoy, ‘to say publicly, that the want of trade and ammunition was entirely owing to the rebels;’ that, ‘if they would attach themselves to the king's interest, they should find plenty pouring in upon them;’ and he was also to bribe Emistisico, the great chief of the Upper Creeks
, by promising him ‘in private the greatest honor and favor, if he would exert himself to bring the king's rebellious white subjects to reason and a sense of their duty.’
The same method was pursued with the Second Man of the Little Tallassees, and with the Overhill Cherokees
and their assembled chiefs; to whom, as well as to the Upper Creeks
, ammunition was distributed, that they might be ready ‘to act in the execution of ’