Letter from Arthur Coody to Joseph Martin
Volume 17, Pages 12-13
[From Executive Letter Book.]
Coody's letter referred to in the foregoing.
Jany. 11th, 1784,
Your letter I received by the hand of Springston dated the 28 December which
surprised me to think that those Towns stand charged with the Kentucky
robberries & mischief, which I know
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are not guilty of. I called the heads of the nations & told them
the charge which they declare themselves not guilty of. There has not been
one horse brought into these Towns since the time you say there has been so
many taken from the Kentucky road, except them that I left at Capt.
Looney's when up last. They say that they would be glad that you
would either come, or send a deputy to live among them, & to
inspect their conduct, for they do not like to be charged with so many
misdemeanours without some grounds. They say they expect you would not be
satisfied for them to choose their own deputy and if you would do it for
them they would take it as a favor.
What happened the day Springston came down he can inform you. My life is in
danger every day by both white & red men—and I blame
Bench for the whole. If he is not chastised soon there will be mischief