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An Address to the Rev. Dr. Alison - 25

published by J. Wilkie, Bookseller, St. Paul's Church Yard, London, intituled, "An Enquiry into the Causes of the Alienation of the Delaware and Shawanese Indians, from the British Interest;" and also in a Work intituled, "An Historical Review of the Constitution and Government of Pennsylvania, printed for R. Griffiths, Bookseller, Pater-Noster Row." Nay, so many and frequent are the Instances of Injustice being done to the Indians by British Subjects, that Accounts of them have at length reach'd the Throne, and occasioned several wise and humane Orders to be issued, for the Prevention of the same in future. In several of the American Gazettes was published a circular Instruction, dated December 9, 1761, to the Governors of the different Colonies, of which the following is an Extract, viz.

WHEREAS the Peace and Security of our Colonies and Plantations upon the Continent of America, does greatly depend upon the Amity and Alliance of the several Nations and Tribes of Indians bordering upon the said Colonies, and upon a just and faithful Observance of those Treaties and Compacts, which have been heretofore solemnly entered into with the said Indians, by our Royal Predecessors, Kings and Queens of this Realm. And whereas, notwithstanding the repeated Instructions which have been, from Time to Time, given by our late Royal Grandfather, to the Governors of our several Colonies upon this Head, the said Indians have made, and do still continue to make great Complaints, that Settlements have been made, and Possession taken of Lands, the Property of which they have by Treaty reserved to themselves, by Persons claiming the said Lands, under pretence of Deeds of Sale and Conveyance illegally, fraudulently and surreptitiously obtained of the said Indians: And whereas it has likewise been represented to us, that some of our Governors, or other chief Officers of our said Colonies, regardless of the Duty they owe to us, and of the Welfare and

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