[dateline] Phyladelphia June 7. 1775
[salute] Dear Sir
We have been puzzled to discover, what we ought to do, with the Canadians and Indians.
Several Persons, have been before the Congress who have lately been in the Province
of Canada, particularly Mr. Brown and Mr. Price, who have informed us that the French
are not unfriendly to us. And by all that we can learn of the Indians, they intend
to be neutral.1
But whether We Should march into Canada with an Army Sufficient to break the Power
of Governor Carlton,2
to overawe the Indians, and to protect the French has been a great Question. It Seems
to be the general Conclusion that it is best to go, if We can be assured that the
Canadians will be pleased with it, and join.
The Nations of Indians inhabiting the Frontiers of the Colonies, are numerous and
warlike. They seem disposed to Neutrality. None have as yet taken up the Hatchet against
us; and We have not obtained any certain Evidence that Either Carlton or Johnson,3
have directly attempted to persuade them to take up the Hatchet. Some Suspicious
Circumstances there are.
The Indians are known to conduct their Wars, So entirely without Faith and Humanity,
that it would bring eternal Infamy on the Ministry throughout all Europe, if they
should excite these Savages to War. The French disgraced themselves last War, by employing
them. To let loose these blood Hounds to scalp Men, and to butcher Women and Children
is horrid. Still it [is]
Such Kind of Humanity and Policy as we have experienced, from the Ministry.4