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Proceedings and Acts of the General Assembly, 1748-1751
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4 Assembly Proceedings, May 10-June 11, 1748.

U. H. J.
Liber No. 34
May 10

who put every Artifice they Can think of in Practice to bring them
over to their Interest.
As to other Matters I have nothing in Particular to recommend
to you but the Ordinary Allowances for the Support of Government
and Defence of the Country, which I hope were so happily Settled
last year as not to Admitt of any Room for Disputes between the
several Branches of the Legislature for the future
Tho I should think, if Time Could be found for such an under-
taking that a Proper Revisal of our Laws, might have the happiest
Consequences, as the Effectual Security of Property in any Country
must always be the Greatest Inducement to honesty and Industry,
the true Sources of Wealth & happiness
And indeed our Natural Advantages, as to Soil & Climate are
such, that I cannot help thinking it must be in some Measure our
Own faults, if we do not Improve our Condition to a very Great
Degree; and I flatter myself we have made a happy Begining, by our
Inspection Law, which, I have the Satisfaction to find meets with
a general Approbation at home, Tho I have not had as yet the Plea-
sure of hearing Our Lord Proprietarys Sentiments upon the Subject
But there is no reason to Doubt of his Lordships Approving so
Necessary a Law, which there Can be no Just Exception to in the
Main, tho it may Possibly be mended in some Particulars.

Philadelphia 25 Janry 1747
Sir
I have the Pleasure to Inform you that the Indians Seated on the
Branches of Ohio & to the South & West of Lake Erie (Places
within the bounds of Virginia, Maryland & Pensilvania) have this
last Summer shewn great Zeal for his Majestys Interest in those
Parts, and by their Seasonable Declarations of War, have Prevented
some very bad Designs of the Governor of Canada which wou'd
otherwise have taken Effect. This Came to be known first by a
Letter Sent to this Government from some of the Six Nations &
other Indians Seated at Canayahaga a Place on or near the River
Conde which Runs into the Lake Erie, who sent down a French

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Scalp in token of their having begun Hostilities against the French
and their Indians The trades afterwards Confirmed this, with this
further Circumstance, that the French Governor had sent the hatchet
to those Indians & that they had Rejected it at the same Time leting
the French Governor know that they were heartily for the English
& would fight for them & not against them; This Determined our
Government to give them all the Encouragement Possible and while
they were Deliberating in what manner to Convey to the Indians a
Quantity of goods bought for their use, ten Warriors Living at Ohio
came fortunately to Philadelphia, to Remonstrate against the back-
wardness of the English, and to tell them Plainly that unless they



 
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