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Benjamin Franklin: A Narrative of the Late Massacres [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2010-4-7 06:28:10 |Display all floors

A Narrative of the Late Massacres,
in Lancaster County, of a Number of Indians, Friends of this Province, by Persons Unknown

A Narrative of the Late Massacres,
in Lancaster County, of a Number of Indians, Friends of this Province, by Persons Unknown
With Some Observations on the Same
These Indians were the Remains of a Tribe of the Six Nations, settled at Conestogoe, and thence called Conestogoe Indians. On the first Arrival of the English in Pennsylvania, Messengers from this Tribe came to welcome them, with Presents of Venison, Corn and Skins; and the whole Tribe entered into a Treaty of Friendship with the first Proprietor, WILLIAM PENN, which was to last "as long as the Sun should shine, or the Waters run in the Rivers."

This Treaty has been since frequently renewed, and the Chain brightened, as they express it, from time to time. It has never been violated, on their Part or ours, till now. As their Lands by Degrees were mostly purchased, and the Settlements of the White People began to surround them, the Proprietor assigned them Lands on the Manor of Conestogoe, which they might not part with; there they have lived many Years in Friendship with their White Neighbours, who loved them for their peaceable inoffensive Behaviour.

It has always been observed, that Indians, settled in the Neighbourhood of White People, do not increase, but diminish continually. This Tribe accordingly went on diminishing, till there remained in their Town on the Manor, but 20 Persons, viz. 7 Men, 5 Women, and 8 Children, Boys and Girls.

Of these, Shehaes was a very old Man, having assisted at the second Treaty held with them, by Mr. PENN, in 1701, and ever since continued a faithful and affectionate Friend to the English; he is said to have been an exceeding good Man, considering his Education, being naturally of a most kind benevolent Temper.

Peggy was Shehaes's Daughter; she worked for her aged Father, continuing to live with him, though married, and attended him with filial Duty and Tenderness.

John was another good old Man; his Son Harry helped to support him.

George and Will Soc were two Brothers, both young Men.

John Smith, a valuable young Man, of the Cayuga Nation, who became acquainted with Peggy, Shehaes's Daughter, some few Years since, married her, and settled in that Family. They had one Child, about three Years old.

Betty, a harmless old Woman; and her Son Peter, a likely young Lad.

Sally, whose Indian Name was Wyanjoy, a Woman much esteemed by all that knew her, for her prudent and good Behaviour in some very trying Situations of Life. She was a truly good and an amiable Woman, had no Children of her own, but a distant Relation dying, she had taken a Child of that Relation's, to bring up as her own, and performed towards it all the Duties of an affectionate Parent.

The Reader will observe, that many of their Names are English. It is common with the Indians that have an Affection for the English, to give themselves, and their Children, the Names of such English Persons as they particularly esteem.

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Post time 2010-4-7 09:08:20 |Display all floors

Are you telling something ... are you asking something ....


..... are you confused ?

I'm dislectic. I have a hard time understanding loose pieces of thoughts.........What's the point here?
If we all think alike, ... then nobody is thinking.

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Post time 2010-4-7 11:06:50 |Display all floors
and so, what you want to say is....?

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Post time 2010-4-7 13:40:38 |Display all floors
ilearnabc put a link to a story written by Benjamin Franklin near the bottom of the first post. In order to read the whole story you need to click on the link. The text of ilearnabc's post only tells the beginning of the story.

The Indians lived peacefully beside white settlers for a long time. But a group of white savages without any provocation slaughtered them. The story doesn't prove anything beside the fact that some of the white people were very cruel and senselessly murdered Indians. Benjamin Franklin was certainly sympathetic to the Indians and so were the white settlers who lived with the Indians.

[ Last edited by kyosan at 2010-4-6 11:01 PM ]

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Post time 2010-4-7 14:17:40 |Display all floors
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Post time 2010-4-7 14:27:41 |Display all floors
This is the ironclad evidence offered by white colonist himself how they killed native Indians.

The article is too long to post completely due to the bytes limited by CD.

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Post time 2010-4-7 14:28:48 |Display all floors
I would like to think that the moral of the story some can take away is that although some people will hurt you regardless, others are not your enemy.

I hope karma took its course on the murderers.

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