I am now to acquaint you that I left the Cherokee Nation and Town of Chota on the 24th of Decem. last. The Indians living in the upper Towns, by all that I can gather from them, are firmly for peace, the lower Towns, Chickamogga and others of that party, I am as well Convinced Are not friendly in reality, though they are afraid to Declair themselves openly, but Enemies they are, and I believe will Remain so, while the Tories, our professed Enemies, Dwells in that Country amongst them, and the Communication betwixt the Indians and the Tories there, and the Inhabitants of West Florida, Subjects of the British Crown, Remains. One Wm. Cole, on the Virginia Side of Holston, by Decoy fell by the hands of some of those Indians a few Weeks past. And when I left the Nation the greatest part of the leading Indians of that partie and several of the Tories, as the Indians informed me, was then gone to Pensacola. Their business is Secret, but I apprehend it's for no good to the States in General, and the Frontiers in particular.
Honored Sir, I would now beg leave to tell you and the Honorable General Assembly, that from many disadvantages to me with Respect to my private property, and the Necessary Business that now compells me to other distant parts, it is not in my Power to Perform the trust Reposed in me. I have now left a Deputy to Act in my Stead, that the Cheaf Worriours freely Rec'd, until an answer can be had from the Legislative Body, and I would Humbly beg leave to resign that trust to any person you and the General Assembly may see cause to appoint in my Room; and if I might be permitted, without offense, to nominate a person to that Trust, I should Rather Incline to Ellis Harling than any other person I am Acquainted with, as I Am well assured that no Person Unacquainted with Indians, and Indian affaris, can possibly do the service that an acquainted person might do, and having
P. S. I shall refer you to Mr. Houghton, the Bearer, for further Intelligence with Respect to the Indians and other particulars.