Letter from Henry Stuart to the frontier inhabitants of North-Carolina and Virginia, May 19, urging them to repair to the King' s standard, where they and their families will find protection, and be free from all danger whatever

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May 19, 1776.

GENTLEMEN: Some time ago Mr˙ Cameron and myself wrote you a letter by Mr˙ Thomas, and enclosed you a talk we had with the Indians respecting the purchase which is reported you lately made of them on the River Wattaga, Nolachuckey, &c. We are since informed that you are under great apprehensions of the Indians doing mischief immediately, but it is not the desire of his Majesty to set his friends and allies (the Indians) on his liege subjects; therefore, whoever of you that are willing to join his Majesty' s forces, as soon as they arrive at the Cherokee nation, by repairing to the King' s standard, shall find protection, and their families, and be free from all danger whatever. Yet, that his Majesty' s officers may be certain which of you are willing to take up arms in his Majesty' s just right, I have thought fit

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to recommend it to you, and every one that is desirous of preventing inevitable ruin to themselves and families, immediately to subscribe a written paper acknowledging their allegiance to his Majesty King George, and that they are ready and willing, whenever called on to appear in arras in defence of the British right in America, which paper, as soon as it is signed, send to me by some safe hand. Should any of the inhabitants be desirous of knowing how they are to be kept free from every kind of insult or danger, inform them that his Majesty will immediately land an army in West Florida, march them through the Creek to the Chickasaw nation, where five hundred warriors from each nation are to join them, and then come by Chote, who have promised their assistance, and then to take possession of the frontiers of North-Carolina and Virginia, at the same time that his Majesty' s forces make a diversion on the sea-coasts of those Provinces. If any of the inhabitants have any beef cattle, flour, pork, or horses, to spare, they shall have a good price for them by applying to us as soon as his Majesty' s troops are imbodied.

I am yours, &c˙, &c˙,

HENRY STUART.