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Appeal to the Sachems of the Five Nations, 1687 Aug. 6.

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Correspondence with me by a treaty Messenger 3 Now the great matter in Consideration is with ye Brethren how to strenthen themselfs and weaken your Enemy, My Opinion is, yt. ye Brethren should send Messengers to ye Ottowawa’s and Twich Twichs and ye further Indians and some of ye Prisoners of those nations if any you have left to Bury the Hatchets and to make a Covenant chain, and that they may Putt away all the French yt. are amongst them, and yt. ye will open a Path for them this way, they bring ye king of Englands Subjects likewise, only ye French have been admitted to Trade with them (for all yt. ye french have in Canida they had it of ye great King of England) that by that means they may come here freely where they may have Every thing cheeper then among ye french They Paying you an acknowledgement yeerly [yearly] for [torn-illegible], and yt. ye and they joyn together against ye French and make so from a League that whoever is Enemy to one must be so to Both 4 Another thing of Concern is, that you ought to doe what you can to open a Path for all ye North Indians and Mahikanders that are att Ottowawa, and further nations, and I will Endevor to doe ye same to bring them home, for they not dareing to come home your way and ye french on ye other hand Striveing to keep them there on Purpose to joyn with these further nations against you for your Destruction, And you know yt. one of them is worse then Six of ye other. Therefore all meanes must be used to bring them home and use them kindly as they Passe throu your Countrey 5ly. My