George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Daniel Brodhead, 21 August 1780

Fort Pitt Augt 21st 1780.

Dear General

By Captain Daplantier who is just Arrived from the Delaware Towns, I am informed that, the British, at Detroit treat the french Inhabitants with great severity & that they wish for nothing more than the approach of a body of Troops from this place The Captain adds that Colo. Clark with a body of about one thousand Men has actually destroyed the Shawnese Town at [Chellacoffy] and was in pursuit of the Indians when the runner who brought the Account came from thence.

I have just received a Letter from the River and Mr Hackenwelder & another from Captn John Killback, Copies of which I take the liberty to inclose.

Had I Provisions I should be happy to March against some of the Hostile Indian Towns But unfortunately, I have not more than a Days allowance of Bread & very little Beef And I cannot yet see a fair prospect of obtaining adequate supplies, untill Money can be furnished to pay for them. With the most exhalted respect & esteem I have the Honor to be your Excellencies most Obedt Servt

Daniel Brodhead

DLC: Papers of George Washington.


Salem Augt the 14th 1780

Dear Sir

Your kind favor of July the 31st I received by the Indian Messenger, and wish it was in my power to give you a full account of the loss of the Enemy, when pursued by a party of your Men, but I aprehend they will take as much care as they can to keep it private. However, I was informed the day before yesterday by a Man who came from the Wyondott Towns, that somewhere about the mouth of Yellow Creek a party of Wyondotts Crossing the River on Rafts were attacked by a party of White men, when Eight of the Indians were killed on the Spot, and two besides them mortally Wounded, one of witch had Died since, The other being Carried over to Detroit—It has also been reported here Yesterday that Eight Hundred White men where marching towards the Shawnee Towns, that the latter had fetched at two Different times Scalps from them and one Prisoner, to the number of ten, but how much this report may be Depended on I know not.

As soon as I shall hear any particular News, you may Depend on my favoring you with it.

Should the Red Barnard Grube who is going on his Journey back again Stand in need of any thing, You will greatly Oblige Us all in lending him Your Assistance.

The Brethen and their Ladies return most humbly their thanks for your good Wishes and Compliments, and desire me to remember them in the same respect to You Again. I am Dr Sir, Your Sincere friend and Obedt humbl. Servt

John Hackenwelder


Cashaquin c.21 August 1780


Brother the Occupation the Indians gives me hinders me to Come to Fort Pitt to Bring you the news our french father is Come to tell you, and in the Same time that what layes in our power we do to make peace he will tell you the hearts of all our Brothers. We desire that you will march with an Army as Soon as posible the Sircumstances is Very good the Shawnes is Defeated by an Army of our brothers, i Believe that you might go where you pleas. I Expect our french father will have a Considerable party of our young Wariors to go with you. Send Sum Salt and flower and Soap for me and Nancy white Eyes. Sir I am your friend and Brother

Coll Henry

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