BUT suppose some of those Indians were brought down with the Wighalousin Tribe. The Censure cannot remain with the Quakers,—for this Transaction which you have wickedly imputed to them was also the Act of the Government. These poor Indians, most of whom are converted to the Christian Faith, being our Friends, and apprehensive of Danger, not only from the violent Rage of the Frontier Inhabitants, but from the Enemy Indians; sent Messengers down to treat with the Governor respecting their State of Insecurity. And in their Conferences with him, intreated the Protection of the Government, and requested that they might come down and live among us. —The Governor convinced of their Sincerity, warmly recommended, the Matter to the Assembly, who agreed to the Measure, and to provide for them during their Residence among us. This will appear from the following Message, viz.
"I lay before you the Minutes of several Conferences I have held with Papounan, and some other Indians, who live at Wighalousin, on the River Sasquehanna. I have no Reason to doubt that they have disclosed to me all that they really know of the present State of the Indian War, and of the Causes assigned by the Enemy Indians in their Neighbourhood for their renewing Hostilities against us.—They have intimated to me that they, and a few others, with whom they are connected, being really our sincere Friends, are uneasy at their present Situation, and would incline to come and