Benjamin Franklin Papers

Timothy Horsfield to the Provincial Commissioners, 21 January 1757

Timothy Horsfield5 to the Provincial Commissioners

Draft (incomplete): American Philosophical Society

Messrs. Franklin Fox Hughes &ca. &ca.

Bethlehem Jany. 21st. 1757.


The last week Jo Peeby and Lewis Montour Came here and produced His Honour the Governour’s Pass to go to the Indian Countrey, requireing all Persons to Assist them with Such Necessary’s they Stood in need of to prosecute their Journey6 In Obedience to His Honour I Accordingly help’t them to Every thing they requird of Me, as per the Brethrens Account Mr. Edmonds will Lay before you7 Just, as they Sat out, Jo Peeby came to Me, with the Indian Man Nickodemas,8 who lives over the Watter, and Said I have Bought a Hors of this Man for £6 and you must Send it to Philadelphia to the Gentlemen they will keep it for Me, and I Desire you will Write for the Money and pay it to Nickodemus. I thought it a Very Odd Affair, but did not think proper to find any fault with him, But Answerd him I will Write to the Gentlemen and when the Cash comes, I Shall pay him9 After About Two Months plague and trouble With the Savage Wretch G. Hays We are at Last (thank god) got rid of him, he went the Other day, as he tould me to Diaougo1 to fetch is Wifes Children; I have sent you G. Clows’s Account. But am Sorrey I had not time to get it put into English, Not knowing of Mr. Edmonds going but a Litle before he Sat out. The Poor Indian John Smalling Alias Lucas Deceasd last Week, he Was Very Penitent and as one of the Brethren that Visited him Informed me, he Departed with Much Assureance of his going to rest, his Wife, is amongst Our Indians In B[ethlehe]m.

[The rest of the letter missing.]

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

5See above, VI, 361 n.

6Jo[seph] Peepy, a converted New Jersey Indian often employed as an interpreter, and Lewis Montour, brother of Andrew (above, V, 64 n), had been dispatched by George Croghan with messages for the Indians on the upper Susquehanna in early January; see above, pp. 66–7. Horsfield’s account shows that he paid ₤1 2s. 5d. for some food, lodging, and sundries, and much wine furnished the Indians, Jan. 12–14, 1757. William C. Reichel, ed., Memorials of the Moravian Church, I (1870), 238, 281–3.

7On William Edmonds, see above, VI, 362 n. The account he brought has not been found, but it probably duplicated that referred to in the note immediately above.

8For Nicodemus, and for George Hayes, George Clouse, and John Smalling mentioned below, see above, pp. 31–2 n.

9Horsfield charged 11s. 8d. for keeping Peepy’s horse, January 13–28, and then 5s. more for sending it to Philadelphia; there is no record of payment for the horse. Reichel, Memorials, I, 290.

1Tioga, now Athens, Pa.

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