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Aborigines and Explorers of Butler County Pennsylvania

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Aborigines and Explorers of Butler County Pennsylvania

Extracted from “History of Butler Co. Pa – R.C. Brown Co. –1895


Topic headings include:

French Explorers

Washingtons Journey

Frederick Post’s Visit

Captain Brady

Massy Harbison’s Story

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savages arrived, accompanied by a French captain and fifteen soldiers. The messengers wished POST to go at once to Duquesne, where representatives of eight nations wished to speak with him. They stated that if the English would quit war, they desired to live on terms of amity; but until POST would give assurances of this desire, the two Indian chiefs gave him a sample of the contempt with which the Indian nations would treat him. One offered his little finger to POST, while the other refused to shake hands, and the meeting was so formal that King Beaver took the preacher to his own big wigwam. On August 18th, the five days having expired, Beaver spoke to his visitors as follows:


Brother, you have been here now five days by our fire. We have sent to all the kings and captains, desiring them to come to our fire and hear the good news you brought. Yesterday, they sent two captains to acquaint us they were glad to hear our English brother was come among us, and were desirous to hear the good news he brought; and since there are a great many nations that want to see our brother, they have invited us to their fire, that they may hear us all. Now, brother, we have but one great fire; so brother by this string we will take you in our arms and deliver you into the arms of the other kings, and when we have called all the other nations there, we will hear the good news you have brought.


King Shingas and Delaware George also made speeches and night closed in before the meeting dissolved. Affairs on August 19th took the same form as in the past; but the demand of the Governor for hostages was combated, the Indians saying they believed he thought they had no brains. On the 20th, POST, accompanied by twenty-five mounted men and fifteen men on foot, set out from Kushkushkee for Sakonk. On their arrival in the afternoon, POST was received with hostile demonstrations, but the Indians coming forward, spoke for him, and the displeasure of the inhabitants subsided. On the evening of the 21st fifteen savages from Kushkushkee arrived at Sakonk, bringing the number of male Indians present up to 120. On the 22nd twenty savages of the Shawanese and Mingo tribes appeared, who informed POST that he was wanted at Duquesne, and to be ready to set out the following day. Next day the preacher offered no objections to their demand. Their travels on the 23rd brought the party to Logstown,


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