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Talk by leaders of the Chickasaw Nation concerning relations with North Carolina [Abstract]
Chickasaw Indian Nation
1784
Volume 17, Pages 85-87

THE SUBSTANCE OF A TALK HELD AT NASHVILLE WITH SOME OF THE CHICKASAWS.
[From Executive Letter Book.]

Mountain Leader's Talk.

I came here formerly with my King, and have nearly the same talk now as I had then; the talks he gave, for he is since dead, still live in mine and my people's remembrance—the sun shines clear on us all, the children may walk about and not be afraid—the Chickasaws' King and the great men of Virginia have talked & I hope the great men of Carolina will agree to it. I have heard that a settlement is to be made in the bend, & that the Cherokees have given up the Land on Tennessee to the White People, which surprises me, as it is mine and my children's land from which we get our living. It is not today we talk—our head men have talked with you already and we abide by it. I give these Beads as a token of peace & hope they will be accepted.

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Glover then delivered Belts and talks sent by the following principal heads of the Chickasaws.

The King's Talk.

Because the Chickasaws have lately lost their King I would not have my Brothers the Americans think their former talks lost as I stand in his place & all is straight as before. I have no long talk only as it always was, so it now remains.

Piametahaw's Talk.

Though we have lost our King I would have the Americans think us as much their friends as before: tho' we were not brought up together yet we are friends and Brothers and though there has been bad talks and War between us I hope it will never be so again. I would have the white people go & kill Buffalo, and we will do the like and not interrupt one another.

Paskapatawpo's Talk.

I hope though our King is dead the former talks are good. The Spaniards sent for our people & me in particular to hold a Treaty with them, but I had rather talk with my old friends the Americans. I do not know there would have been any harm in talking with Spaniards but I have been used to the talk of the Americans & hope our talks now and that of the next generation will always be the same. I send this Belt to the Governor of Carolina, the black beads in it being a token of the death of our King, and hope it will never be lost, that if your Governor should die his successor may see this belt & think of our former talk and I shall tell my Children and it will always be peace between us.

Piamingo's Talk.

I never had much talk but as I am now a leader, such men as I make Children afraid—but I am not at all for that at these times. I have but a short talk. I hope you will accept my Beads and give good talk as I do.

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Glover's Talk.

Friends and Brothers:

You came here and thought no harm, and I come now to see you and talk with you. The land on this River we do not call ours and you are settled on it, and are welcome to it. But the land from which we get our living on Tennessee we never gave to you nor no body else, tho' we hear the Cherokees have. I have heard a talk from the Spaniards, advising us to kill you; but do not be afraid of it for they are our old enemies:—we never had any thing from, nor never will join them.

I told the Spaniards you were both white people alike, and if they had any quarrel with you to fight their own Battles.