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Letter from George Sackville Germain, Viscount Sackville to John Stuart
Sackville, George Germain, Viscount, 1716-1785
November 06, 1776
Volume 10, Pages 893-894

[B. P. R. O. Am. & W. Ind. Vol. 280.]
Letter from Lord George Germain to John Stuart, Indian Agent, &e.

Whitehall, 6th Novber, 1776.


The inclosed Tripplicate of my letter to you of the 5th Sepber will inform you of the very liberal Supply of goods for Presents to the Indians which has been directed to be sent to you and I have now the satisfaction to acquaint you that a considerable part (all that could be got ready in the time) is shipped on Board the Lord Amherst Store Ship which is now ready to sail for Pensacola intending to stop for a short time only at Jamaica on her way. I expect with some Impatience to hear from you of the success of your Negociation with the Creeks and the Choctaws and that you have prevailed with them to join the Cherokees who I find have already commenced

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Hostilities against the Rebels in Carolina and Virginia. The Rebel Government in the Former Province have I also learn not only offered considerable rewards for the sealps of those Indians but declared their children of a certain age which may be taken prisoners the slaves of the Captors, a Measure which I am sure must inflame the Enmity of that Nation to the highest Pitch against them and excite the Resentment of all the other Indians in so great a degree that I cannot doubt of your being able under such advantageous circumstances to engage them in a general confederacy against the Rebels in defence of those Liberties of which they are so exceedingly jealous and in the full enjoyment of which they have always been protected by the King.

At this distance and before the issue of the campaign to the Northward can be known here it is impossible to give you any Instructions for the employment of the Savages. Genl Howe will no doubt give you full directions when he has formed his plan of operations against the Southern Colonies. In the mean time as the Cherokees have declared for us they must be supported and it will be your Duty to procure them all the Aid in your Power from the other Indian Nations and to supply them with arms and ammunition and other necessaries to enable them to carry on the war. I am not without hopes that Governor Sawyer will find means of assisting them with a Detachment of his numerous Garrison, and if the well affected Inhabitants in the back Countries could be collected and embodied to conduct and support the Indians, the Rebels on the Sea Coast would soon feel the distress from the want of their accustomed supplies, the discontent of the people with the new mode of Government would increase with that Distress, and Resentment against the Authors of their Calamities would be the necessary consequences.

Inclosed I send you by the King's command printed Copies of His Majesty's most Gracious Speech at the Opening of the Session together with the addresses of both Houses of Parliament to His Majesty in return, which I have the pleasure to acquaint you were passed in both Houses by very great Majorities.

I am, &c: