I am now to acknowledge the Receipt of your Excellency's Letter of the 5th Current since the Receipt of which a Talk from the Cherokee Nation of which the inclosed is a Copy came by the return of an Express which I had sent into that Country by it your Excellency will see how seriously those Indians think of ascertaining the Line to divide your Province from their hunting Grounds and the disagreeable Consequences that probably will attend delaying to satisfy them in demands which appear to me very reasonable and just the inclosed contract of Mr Cameron's Letter which accompanied their Talk will point out the Course of the Line already run between this Province and where it terminates upon Reedy River which falls into Saludy from which place they propose continuing it in a straight Course to Collo Chiswell's Mines upon the great Kanawa or New River, the Indians have so marked the Trees that the Line must easily be found. Mr Cameron at my desire diverted the Indians from running the Line behind your Province till the month of September next after which time it will be extreamly difficult to keep them in order without some steps be taken in this matter.
The present state of Indian affairs in this Department requires attention The Confederate Nations of Abekas Tollipusses Alibamons & Cowetas known to the English by the name of Creeks have of late years greatly increased in number they have not suffered by the incursions of the Northern Tribes against whom the Cherokees and Chickasaws serve as a Barrier and no War has subsisted between
A Rupture with the Creeks and Cherokees would soon become general the unfavorable impressions left by the French on the minds of our new Allies not being as yet entirely effaced and those two nations consist of no less than 6 or 7000 fighting Men a formidable Body and in their way of making war capable of doing a great deal of mischief compact and contiguous as they are to our Province.
I take the Liberty of troubling your Excellency with a view of Indian Affairs from a possibility of its being acceptable at a time when settling the Boundarys is agitated.
As the arrival of Lord Charles Montague is hourly expected I wish to be in the way when that happens as I may possibly receive some instructions from the Ministry relative to these and such other matters as I long ago submitted to their consideration I afterwards propose myself the honour of waiting on you at Brunswick I most sincerely wish your Excellency better health and have the honour of being respectively