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Letter of Lieutenant Governor Alexander Spotswood, 1715 Mar. 2.


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Contains a draft of a letter from [Lieutenant Governor Alexander Spotswood] to Col. [Robert] Hunter, [Governor of New York], regarding the testimony of two traders who were among the Catawba Indians at the outbreak of the war with South Carolina. According to the testimony, the Catawba Indians were preparing to assist South Carolina against the Yamassee Indians and were not intending to be hostile against South Carolina. Spotswood writes that the Catawba sent these men to obtain a peace with the government of South Carolina by proposing to leave two children of the Great Men of each of the Fourteen Towns between Virginia & South Carolina to be educated in the Christian religion among Virginia's Tributary Indians. In addition, Spotswood complains of the behavior of the Seneca Indians against the Saponis who are well disposed to the English. Lastly, Spotswood asks that trade with the Southern Indians not be disturbed by the Five Nations.