We shall also make Provision for the Support of the few friendly Indians at Wighalousin, on the Susquehannah, who incline to come and live amongst us, whenever your Honour shall think proper to incite them into the interior Parts of the Province.
Signed by Order of the House,
ISAAC NORRIS, Speaker.
THUS you find, and indeed you well knew it before, that this Measure which your Malice has imputed to the Quakers, took its Rise with the Governor, and was approved of by both Branches of the Legislature. A Measure consistent with sound Policy, as it prevented an Increase of the Number of our Enemies, and added to those of our Friends. And as much so with Humanity, as it afforded Protection to those that demanded it, and relieved them from the Necessity of uniting with the Enemy, and the Perpetration of Cruelties that their Consciences disapproved of.
TO unfold to the World all your Falsehoods is a tedious Task, not from the Difficulty of refuting them, but from the Number you have the Art of throwing into a small Compass. You next assert, that these Indians, "at the Request of a Quaker Faction, were guarded by a Company of the King's Troops." You, or some of you, Gentlemen, were on the Spot, and you must know the Facts to be as I shall now relate them.—The Government receiving daily Accounts of the avow'd Design of the Rioters, to destroy the Indians in the Barracks, removed them to the Province Island, a Place of difficult Access, and more distant from the Danger of being surprized: Flats were prepared to carry them off to some Place of Safety, in Case the Rioters should put their rebellious Threats in Execution.—But the cold Weather