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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from Thomas Pollock
Pollock, Thomas, 1654-1722
June 08, 1713
Volume 02, Pages 49-50

[From Pollock's Letter Book.]

Choan June 8th 1713

Hond Sir

We have concluded now a peace with Tom Blount; a copy of the articles have herewith enclosed. What trust may be put in this peace I know not, only am in hopes the smart of this severe blow that they have had, with the fear they have of South Carolina Indians, may induce them to keep it for some time, at least until we are more able to

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withstand it. To observe what measures Tom Blount takes, and to be guard to from the South Carolina Indians if they should again attack him have sent out a brother of Col. Tom Moore's and one Mr Charles Glover, who went from hence with him the 2d of this instant, with Tom Blount's wife and two of his children and his sisters son; whom our Indians had taken, and I sent and had redeemed from them.

An Assembly having adjusted what public claims were put in, and enacted the making more public bills to the value of eight thousand pounds to pay them and make all our public bills passable for all debts for rated commodities of the country, were adjourned until August next.

Col. Moore, immediately after the breaking up of the assembly, went to pamplico, in order to get his Indians together who have been ranging all over the Tuscarora Country, to make a decent on the Matamuskeets, who have done us great mischief. And some of our people are gone after them by water. If it please God to give them good success in this Expedition, and Tom Blount keep his articles of peace, I hope it will go near to end the war. But I believe it will be necessary to keep what South Carolina Indians are here until next fall [at] least, for fear of some eruption, and until matters are better settled: only we are much straitened for want of provisions, there not being sufficient left to supply Col. Moore's forces this expedition. I have sent to see what can be raised, but I believe it will be very little. If we should want I hope your Honor will assist us with some. I believe fifteen or twenty thousand weight of biscuit may go near to supply two hundred men until our corn come. as for wheat, there is such a scarcity of corn here, that the people will be forced to spend most of it themselves.