Appeal to the Sachems of the Five Nations, 1687 Aug. 6.
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I am now about Sendeing a Gentleman to England to ye King my Master to Lett him know yt ye French have Invaded his Territories here on this Side of ye great Lake and warr'd upon ye Brethren his Subjects, and therefore I would willingly know whither ye Brethren have given ye govenr of Canida any Provocation or not, and if they have how and in what manner, Because I am obliged to give a true account of this matter This Bussinesse may cause a warr between ye King of England and ye french king both in Europe & here, and therefore I must know ye Truth, I know ye governr. of Canida dare not enter into the Great King of England's Territories in a hostile manner without Provocation, if he thought the Brethren were ye king of England's Subjects, But you haveing 2 or 3 years agoe made a Covenant chain with ye French Contrare to my [illegible-torn] (which I knew could not hold Long) it being void in it self amongst yt Christians forasmuch as Subjects (as you are) ought not to Treat with any forreign Nation, it not Lyeing in your Power, have your Selfs brought this trouble upon you and as I Believe is ye only Reason of there falling upon you at this time. Brethren I took it verry ill, that after you Put your Selfs in ye Number of ye Great King of Englands Subjects, that you should ever offer to make Peace or warr without my Consent, You know yt wee can Live without you, but you cannot Live without us, for you never found that I told