The Creeks Murder the Traders – 1760

Colonial and State Records of North Carolina

Letter from Arthur Dobbs to William Pitt, Earl of Chatham

Dobbs, Arthur, 1689-1765

June 14, 1760

Volume 06, Pages 263-264

[B. P. R. O. Am. & W. Ind. Vol. 72.]

Letter from Governor Dobbs.

Brunswick 14th June 1760

Sir, [Secretary Pitt.]

Having wrote to you a long letter the 30th of May of which I have herewith a Duplicate I have only this further to add by this Conveyance, that I have received Dispatches from Lieutenant Governor Bull of the 31st May, that the Upper Creeks have killed our Traders; and declared war against South Carolina and Georgia by the Instigation

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of the French; and they fear that the lower Creeks and Cherokees may be also drawn into War; Upon which I summoned a Council to meet me here yesterday, and by their advice have by proclamation summoned the Assembly to meet at Wilmington the 26th instant, and have sent off dispatches by Express with it to avoid Delay; to try if the spreading of the Flame of war will induce them to give a supply and raise Men without Clogs or Delay now the storm approaches; which, I hope, will put a stop to the Attorney General’s Infernal Schemes of inflaming the Province.

By this further proof of our future Danger, if the French continue in Possession of Louisiana, his Majesty must think it necessary to avoid a future war in America, to drive the ffrench from thence; and in case the Spaniards should take Umbrage at our increase of power in their Neighborhood; and it may be prudent at present not to have any Brangles with them, would it not be better to have that settlement entirely vacated by both, or even given up to the Spaniards, than allow it to remain in the hands of the ffrench. I have such an entire Dependance on Providence continuing to protect the Protestant Cause against Papacy, that I make no doubt of an happy Issue to the war in Germany; and by Dispossessing the French of the Northern Continent of Civilizing and Converting these Misled Indian Nations by the Jesuitical French missionaries. Pardon my Zeal and Enthusiasm in predicting these things from your active administration under the best of Kings in support of the Apostolic Religion and cause of Liberty.

I am, with the greatest Respect and highest Esteem,

Sir your most &cp


Letter from Arthur Dobbs to William Pitt, Earl of Chatham

Dobbs, Arthur, 1689-1765

July 21, 1760

Volume 06, Pages 266-267

[B. P. R. O. Am. & W. Ind. Vol. 72.]

Letter from Governor Dobbs

Brunswick, 21st July 1760

Sir, [Secretary Pitt]

I acquainted you in my last of the 13th June, that upon the Creeks killing our Indian Traders, and Lieutenant Governor Bull’s informing me that they apprehended a General Creek war, in which they expected that the Choctaws would join them, by the Instigation of the French; expecting a Supply from this Province I appointed the Assembly to meet at Wilmington on the 26th of June.

The Session is now over, and by the Non-attendance of Mr. Child the Attorney General and his Northern Junto, who staid away, hoping that we could not make up a Sufficient Number to do Business without them; the Assembly have passed an unexceptionable Aid Bill to raise and pay 300 Men, until the 1st of Decr next, for which, and to pay for Scalps, Contingencies, and other Claims, I am to Issue notes for £12000 this Currency: I have a power of sending them out of the Province, or as many as can be spared from the Defence of the Frontiers; but as the Cherokee war is likely to be Bloody upon the Retreat of Colonel Montgomery’s Troops from the ffrontiers I am afraid we can spare few or none to assist our Neighbours. As the ffrench Influence over the Indians seems to Increase in Louisiana, we can never be safe while they possess that part of the Continent, I hope if the war is not over at the End of this Campaign that his Majesty will think of driving the ffrench from this Continent. God grant an Happy Issue to this Campaign in Germany, upon which our safety and American Acquisitions depend.

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I heartily wish you Success to your Active Administration, and an Happy conclusion by a Glorious peace.

I am, with due Respect, Sir &c


Hat tip to Sharron for these documents.

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