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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from Thomas Pollock to Alexander Spotswood
Pollock, Thomas, 1654-1722
October 05, 1712
Volume 01, Pages 880-881

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[From Pollock's Letter Book.]

Octo. 5th 1712

Hond Sir

Our agents Mr Tobias Knight and Major Gale were here the 28th of the last Month, in order to have waited upon your honor, concerning the meeting with the Indians. But Tom Blount having been here some days before, I have told him that your Honour and the council in Virginia expected him in, about that time, and that it would do well to goin accordingly; he answered that a messenger from you told him that he should be in in forty days, or at farthest in sixty days, and by that time he would be in with you. He seemed to be very earnest for peace, and to have a trade as formerly, which I utterly denied him, unless less he would engage to bring in Hancock, and cut of all these that had any hand in killing and robbing the inhabitants here, and bring in their scalps. And for his pretending the want of ammunition, I promised him if he would bring in twelve hostages from each town or fort that I would let him have ammunition; only for his own town we would desire no hostages, for the trust that we put in him, of which proposal he seemed pretty we satisfied, and was sure, he said, of four of their towns that would agree with [us], and he believed all would; only he would go home, and conclude with the rest, and be in here again the 17th of this month, and from hence he would go staight to your Honor; at which time our agents will be in with him. He was earnest with our interpreter to go with him, and seemed to have no great confidence in your interpreter; and then he said he would fully conclude peace, both with your Honour and here, on any terms that lay in his power, and begged of me to write to your Honor to be favourable to his people until he came in.

A packet boat is newly arrived here from South Carolina, with our agent that was sent their in June last, by whom and letters from Governor Craven and some other Gentlemen, we understand that their Governor, Council, and assembly have agreed to send one thousand Indians and forty or fifty white men for our assistance, under the command of Mr James Moor, son to Col Moor, late Governor of South Carolina, a young man of a very good character. They were to set out the 15th of last month, The Governor hastens them away, and is intended to accompany them to the utmost inhabitants of his government.

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Sir we have as I am informed, many of our people that are away from hence, and lurk in the borders of your government, especially on Cocks and Stafford from Currituck who were the chief instruments of a meeting of their and caused forty of fifty men to desert your Honor's sending of them two in to us here, would be of great service to the country.

Sir we labour here under almost insupportable difficulties, having a troublesome war upon our hands, great poverty and sickness, and the worst of all and unreasonable and ungovernable people. I hope your Honor will assist us, what you can, to bring this war to an honorable end, and favour me with your advice in this troublesome juncture, which will infinitely oblidge