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An Address to the Rev. Dr. Alison - iii.

who were perfidiously playing the same Pranks as they did last War; they marched to their Town and cut off some of them, others fled to a Borough named Lancaster, and there they came and cut them off. This the Quakers have painted as a Massacre and a most horrid Murder, tho' it was no more but what our People suffered on all Occasions. After their Corn was destroyed, and that troublesome Nest were obliged to remove, a Party of Indians among the Inhabitants that carried the Enemies Arms and Ammunition, and had conducted them into the Settlement, and assisted in murdering the Inhabitants, applied to the Quakers, and they found Means to bring them down to Philadelphia, and have maintained them at the Expence of the Province. Afterwards some of the very Indians that were beat at the Munsey Hill, and that had their Corn destroyed, sued for the same Privileges, and were brought to Philadelphia, and maintained by the Province. This inflamed the Resentment of a Number of the Inhabitants on the Frontiers, and about 500 came down well armed, without forming themselves into Companies, determined to cut off these Enemies. The Indians were then under the Governor's Protection, and at the Request of the Quaker Faction were guarded by a Company of the King's Forces. These Insurgents declared they were Loyal Subjects, and had fought the King's Battles since Braddock's Defeat, and would not do what looked like Rebellion, tho' they thought it exceeding hard that they should be obliged to pay Taxes to maintain their Enemies. They complained of Grievances and Sufferings that would have drawn Tears from Stones; the Mayor of our City, two leading Members of the Assembly, and the King's Attorney-General, and about ten Ministers and Gentlemen, were at the Conference, and they were solemnly promised a Redress of Grievances, if they appointed two of their Number to lay them before the Governor and Assembly, and returned in Peace to their Dwellings: This they did; and marched Abroad and Home with Decency above 100 Miles, paying every One for what they had on their Journey. But they are still without Redress of their Grievances. This has inflamed the Quaker Faction, who are foolishly attached to the Indians, and is made a Plea for with-holding their Charity. We have been able to do Nothing to spread the Gospel either among the Indians or the Europeans since the War broke out: We have assisted and are determined to assist the distressed Inhabitants; and we rejoice that thro' your Liberality, a kind Providence has enabled us at any Time, when their Distresses grow very great, to give them Relief.

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