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Letter from Alexander Spotswood to the Board of Trade of Great Britain [Extract]
Spotswood, Alexander, 1676-1740
June 02, 1713
Volume 02, Pages 48-49

[B. P. R. O. B. T. Virginia. Vol. 14. P. 19.—Extracts.]
LIEUT. GOV. SPOTSWOOD TO LORDS OF TRADE 2 JUNE 1713.

Virginia June the 2d 1713.

>My Lords,

Since my last dispatch to your Lordships of the 11th of February I have had little to add to the trouble that gave you relating to the Affairs of this Colony, and I doubt not your Lordships will receive with as much satisfaction as it is to me to write the happier prospect of affairs in the neighbouring Province of North Carolina; the forces sent thither this winter from South Carolina under the command of Coll Moore have obtained a considerable advantage over the Tuscaruroes by the taking

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the only important Fort they had, and it and other Rencounters killed and made prisoners upwards of a thousand of that Nation. This blow having extremely frighted them, it was necessary to improve it by engaging them in a Peace, since the Government of Carolina is utterly unable to reduce them by prosecuting the war, and by the information I have received from the President of that Country of their disposition to fall into those measures I advised for establishing a Peace, I have reason to hope it is now very near, if not altogether concluded, the project whereof your Lordships will find in the Council Journal of the 16th of April herewith sent.

The making a peace with those Indians was the more necessary in regard of some late discoverys that they have been all along assisted in this war by the Senecas and others of the five Nations under the Government of New York: for while the Carolina Forces were besieging the Tuscaruro Fort, a considerable body of those northern Indians came into the Tuscaruro Country, and would have persuaded the neutral Towns to join with them in raising that siege; and the same body of Indians meeting with our Traders as they were going with a cargo of goods of the value of £1000 and upwards to traffique with the western Indians, fell upon them and plundered them of all they had, and at the same did not disown their being Mohacks and other Northern Indians, which the Traders likewise very well knew to be true, and was further confirmed by some of our Tributary Indians who going out upon the news of this Robbery mett with and killed severall of them. This brought the rest down on our Frontiers, and obliged me to command out all our Rangers in search of them, but they were retir'd 'ere our men could come up with them, and so escaped with their booty.

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A. SPOTSWOOD.