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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from John Stuart to William Legge, Earl of Dartmouth
Stuart, John, 1718-1779
January 08, 1776
Volume 10, Pages 392-393

Saint Augustine, 8th Janry, 1776.

My Lord,

Since my letter No 33, dated 5th current, I have received Dispatches from Mr Cameron in the Cherokee Nation with Intelligence that 62 Cherokees are within a day's journey of this place on their way to see me.

By the enclosed Extracts and Copies of different letters I hope it will appear that Mr Cameron has exerted a great deal of influence and address with much spirit and Judgment. The offers which he rejected as well as the threats thrown out against him have proven equally ineffectual for preventing his doing his Duty and faithfully discharging the trust reposed in him. [The Cherokees under the trying circumstances of hunger and nakedness stand firm in their attachment to his Majesty and reject all the temptations thrown in their view. The Talk given to the party sent here as well as their undertaking so long a journey at this season shows their Fidelity to His Majesty and confidence in me. Nothing in my power shall be wanting to reward and encourage their disposition.

The Commissioners for Indian Affairs appointed by the Continental Congress have it in charge to seize the persons of the Superintendants

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and their Deputies. The Complement I shall return if in my Power.

I find it will be absolutely necessary to employ proper persons to assist the Agents in the different Nations in supporting the King's Interest and carrying his Orders into Execution, for every practicable measure will be pursued by the Rebels to debauch the minds and alienate the affections of the Indians.]

I have the honour &c.,