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In your notes on Virginia, combating certain sentiments of the celebrated Buffon, you have given us an eulogium of the North American savages, and, to establish their eminence in oratory, have introduced the speech of Logan ( whom you have dubbed a Mingo chief ) to lord Dunmore, when governor of Virginia;—a morsel of eloquence, in your opinion, not to be excelled by any passage in the orations...
My first address to you was placed by me in the hands of a friend in Philadelphia, to be delivered to you immediately after the then Session of Congress should Terminate. Your Departure before that Period prevented your receiving it as soon as I wished, and obliged me to transmit by the Mail to you in Virginia the printed Copy. I take it for granted you receivd that Copy, and also that you...
It has been repeatedly suggested to me by my friends, that I am under no obligation to pursue any further the subject of discussion between us.—That having already publicly denied the charges made by you against Col. Cresap , and demanded from you the authority upon which you published them, your silence ought to convince the world those charges are false .—And I have been advised by them to...
Having in my last seen my much respected old friend Col. Cresap freed from his irons and discharged from an imprisonment of twenty months duration, which to give it its softest epithet was most unmerited , I will now accompany him to Maryland, and restore him to an affectionate wife and beloved children, who most providentially had escaped the relentless flames which had consumed his property,...
I have in my last indisputably proved that Col. Cresap was not concerned in the death of Logan’s family, since it is admitted that they were killed on some part of the waters of the Ohio, on the west side of the Alleghany Mountains, and not until the spring of the year 1774: whereas Colonel Cresap never was on the western side of those mountains after the summer of 1773. I now proceed to prove...
Unaccustomed, Sir, to ask favors even from my friends, yet I feel myself under the necessity of soliciting your forgiveness for my apparent neglect, in suffering such a length of time to elapse since I last addressed myself to you; be assured, Sir, it is to be attributed to the pressure of my official and professional engagements, together with certain intervening duties, which I have been...
In the conclusion of my last letter you have seen the anxiety which the western inhabitants expressed for the aid of Mr. Cresap, and their hopes that he would not yield to his resentment so far as to deny them that aid. Though no man, perhaps, felt more sensibly than Mr. Cresap an indignity offered to him, yet was he not of a disposition to sacrifice the innocent for the guilty, or the...
If you have found me tedious, Sir, by reason of the number or length of my letters to you, be so good as to recollect you have no person to blame for it but yourself.—I called on you to inform me to whom of the Cresap’s you alluded in your Notes upon Virginia.—You did not deign to give me an answer.—This obliged me to undertake the vindication of two of that name. I also called upon you for...