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Minutes of the Virginia Governor's Council
Virginia. Council
April 16, 1713
Volume 02, Page 36

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[B. P. R. O. B. T. Virginia. Vol. 58.]
JOURNAL VA COUNCIL.

16 April 1713.

The Governor having this day communicated to the Council a letter from the President of North Carolina giving an account that the Forces under the command of Colonel Moore had lately taken the Fort of Nahardakha, and therein killed and made prisoners of upwards of 800 of the Tuscaruro Nation and that upon the said President of Carolina representing the inability of that Government to prosecute their late success, by reason of the departure of the greatest part of the South Carolina Indians The discouragement given their Inhabitants by the loss of many of their men in the attack of the Fort and the utter impossibility of supplying with provisions any Forces that might be sent from hence, he had advised the said President to make peace with the Tuscaruro Indians while their late defeat was fresh in their memorys and for that purpose to make use of Tom Blunt Chief of those Towns who have hitherto adhered to the English making him an offer in consideration of his Fidelity of the sole rule of the Tuscaruro Nation under the protection of the Government of North Carolina and to receive as friends all of that nation that shall submit to him as their Ruler as the most probable way to secure his obedience and establish a lasting peace with those Indians and to extricate that Province out of the Calamitys of a war which they are not able any longer to carry on. And thereupon asking the advice of the Council whether it be probable that any further supplys can be obtained from the Assembly of this Colony for enabling the Province of Carolina to prosecute the War or whether in the present scituation of affairs it be advisable for them to conclude a peace. The Council are unanimously of Opinion that it is not probable the Assembly of this Colony will be prevailed on to give any fresh supplys towards the assistance of Carolina considering the present poverty of this Country and that the affairs of that Province appear to be much bettered by the destruction of so great a number of their Enemys and as it is not to be doubted but that the Indians discouraged with their late losses will readily embrace any Terms of peace that shall be offered them. It is most advisable for the Government of North Carolina imediately to treat with the Indians upon the Terms proposed by the Governor which appear to be such as will render that peace lasting and honourable and bring greater security to that and her Majesties neighbouring Colonys than can be expected by carrying on a tedious War the event of which is uncertain.