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dian Tongue, which Mr. Dean translated thus —

the day before IrAijdojj 1779 on this ground are 200 Lulians
friends to General Washington.

August 11th. — Embarked at 8 o'clock, passed a large
creek from the East Side — several reefs k narrows which
retarded our march. Rapids continue for 8 miles. En-
camped on Ogden's farm W. Side dist. 15 miles by land k
21 by water — the Piver very crooked forming a number of
small Islands — from 40 to 50 yds wide. The banks in some
places prett}' high — the land very good & abounds with
Butternut, Elm Ash, Maple Burch k Beech, thick foggy air.

August 12th. — Took our departure at 7 o'clock, the river
dovni for 9 miles was a very easy current so as to admit our
boats three abreast — then it began to be rapid. Encamped
at Unadilla, about a mile above the confluence. The Coun-
try we passed is very good.

Ilere has been a good settlement inhabited chietly by



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412 Journal of Lieutenant Robert Furker, 1779.

Scotch Einigrunts who last year ilod to tlie Indians for pro-
tection — It was formerly an old Indian settlement A: l;^<t
fall was burnt by Coll Butler— Dist. Co miles by land & 20
by water, E. Side.

August ISth. — Early this morning went to see an old In-
dian fort, aliout a mile from Camp, which appeared to be
very old, of a circular form & contain'd about half an acre
— passed some reefs, the mouth of the Unadilla river which
empties from the ^V. Side. Encamped at Cannahrunta on
an Island, dist. 14 miles by land k 17 by water, the country
very good — several old settlements on both sides of the
river. The river after the junction of Unadilla is about an
hundred yards wide — several rapids occasioned by Fish
dams.

August 14-tI'.. — Embarked at 9 o'clock passed several old
eettlements, water pretty good & few rapids. Encamped at
Onequaya dist. 12 miles by land & 15 by water. This was
an old Indian town that contained about fifty houses, soine
of which are very good — there has likewise been a church
with a Christian ]SIissionary. The land for ^ mile from
the river is ver^- good, but farther back it rises into hills.
It has been settled on both sides of the river for many years
& has long been an Asylum for miscreant Refugees from tite
neighboring States — last fall it was burnt t destroyed by
Coll. Butler.

August 15th. — Lay by waiting for a number of Militia ex-
pected from Esopus.

August 16th. — A party was sent in quest of the Militia
who returned -without them.

August 17th. — Embarked at 9 o'clock, the river running
nearly South & for 10 miles a very good current, a little
farther it became very shallow, with a number of Islands.
Encamped at the Tuscarora Settlement on the W. Side,
dist. 20 miles by land k 25 by water — Several high rocks
on the bank of the river — burnt a number of Indian houses
on the passage.

August IS'th. — Embarked at 9 o'clock. The river run-



Joanial of Lkutcnant Jiobcrt Parker, 1779. 413

iiing noarly X. Vr''. The luuigatioii good — Passed the mouth
of the Shcnhiga River from the AV. side encamped a little
way belo'.v that place — dist. by water 24 miles A: by land "20
— the distance by land across to Onoquaga is but 16 miles
occasioned by the crooked coui-se of the river — There lias
been a large Indian Town about 3 miles up the Shenango
river, which we sent a detachment to destroy — Two men
met lis this afternoon from Gen Poor, informing us that
Gen. Sullivan was at the Tioga & had detached him (Gen.
Poor) with a party up the river to meet us.

August 19th.. — Embarked at 9 o'clock — The river very
shallow and full of islands — at 6 miles down we met Gen-
erals Poor it Hand with nine hundred men from Gen Sulli-
van, to escort us down — Halted some time & then pro-
ceeded with, them down tlie river. Encamped at Owaga on
a line plain on the West side of the river, dist. by land 20
k by vrater 24 miles — a mile and half from here there has
been an Indian Town which we destroyed.

August 20th. — Rain all day which occassioned us to
lay by.

AwjHst 21st. — Marched at S o'clock. Two boats with
ammunition overset. Encamped at Fiby Patrick's farm or
in Indian Majatawaga, dist. 12 miles by land et 14 by water
— Pitched our tents in an open peicevour Via New
York wliich brought me the agreable and much wislrd for
Account of jour safe AiTival once more to your Native
though unhappy shoar, and beheve I, as well as many of
your Friends here have been under some anxious tlioughts
for all of you and Sympathized ^^^th you on your lir.-t
View of poor Charles Town being mostly laid in Ashes,
but the difhcultys that attended your voyage being gott
through, the favourable escape of the Flames & the meeting
your long expecting family in health is matter of rejoycing.
We have liad the severest Winter that has been known in
this part of the world and happy it is that you e5ca[»'d it
the Vessel that run ashore just before you is entirely lo>t
and with much difficulty the Men saved their Lives several
of em being frost bitten before they cou'd gett ashore on
the IB**" of December our River became Terra firma and so
continued untill the 16''' of March when to our Joy we coud
see Water again and I assure you it was a great rarity for
water just taken from the Pump in a few minutes became
solid Ice and had it not been for very warm cloatliing, large
Fires and now k then a good deal of Centeral Heat I believe
we should have turn'd to Bodys of Ice too, which has been
the Case of several poor People not bless'd vdih the Com-
forts of Life and woud have been tlie Case of many more
had not our Inhabitants been bountifull, k distributed of
their good things to the Needy, and had not this been the
case our friends woa'd have been rnore liberal for the
Assistance of the poor sufferers in Charles Town, they



42 2 Inters from Letter-Book of JRiehord Ily^klry, 1739-174^^2.

have scut some flour and Bread by a Vessell that sails at
the same time this does, and Governour Bull not being
particular in his Letter to M' Penn they coud not well tell
what woud be most acceptable, however they have more
money left in their hands belonging to the Subscription and
I sui»pose will wait further orders and we expect the other
Congregations will make a Collection in a short time.

The Chair is all fiuish'd except the Guilding and I have
sent to Xew York for some gold leaf we having none in
town here and you may depend on it in a very short time.
I am willing it shou'd look like the other part and shall be
finish'd in the best manner it can be done here and I heartily
wish the young Ladies health to use it. Be pleased to
present ]\P Penns M'' Freames anil my Sisters vrith my
own Com^iliinents to ^P AVragg his Ladj' and ]\P' Hume
not forgetting yourself and believe me to be with much
Esteem

Your obliged Friend k very humble Serv'

RiCH^' Hockley.

Inclosed is the receipt for the Soup your Mamma desired
pray give my Humble Service to M' Lampton.

Philadelphia June lo"" 1741
Per the Sloop Joseph & 2>Iary Captain Rivers

M*"- Jno AVragg
D^ M« Wragg

Your agreable fiivour per ^P Balch I have just now
reeeiv'd and am much pleased to hear of your good Fam-
ilys wellfare, and you can't think how much I am concern'd
that the Chair does not come by this Opportunity as it will
keep the young Ladys in further Exfjectation and for some
time will disappoint 'em of their intended pleasure, not-
withstanding I wrote you in my last of its being finished
all to the guilding yet the painter tells me there is several
Embellishments necessary to be done in order to compleat
it whether so or not, I must confess I am no Judge in the
Art, but for my Life I can't get it linished as yet notv/ith-
standing my repeated visits to him and pressing Entreatys,



Ldkr.? from Letkr-Book of lUchard Jlockhy, 1739-174?. 423

laying before liim, how seatidalous it wou'd appear in your
Eyes for l;ini to be so tedious about a trifle, and perhaps
censure ray Care in not hastening him and still to little
purpose, nay to tell you the truth I have almost lost mv
temper ^vith him, and at last find Patience must be my
Comforter as it must be yours, as to the trouble you mention
to me, about it, is trifling, and can assure you shall tind a
secret satisfaction if at any time I can oblige you and shall
take it kind if you Avill give me the opportunity however
I hope by the next conveyance the Chair will come sate to
your hands, had there beeu another painter in the Town
I should long ago have put it into his Care to tinish it,
but as it is not so, this is the way we are imposed on and
cannot help ourselves. I have had no opportunity of con-
versing yet w"* M"" Balch but as I reced your letter from
him and believe he answers your Character of him, we
have no certain account as yet of the town of Carthagene
being in the Possession of our Troops though we daily
Expect it, poor Captain Freame (M"^ Freames Husband)
after being at the Siege of all the Fortitications and in
particular at Boccha Chico Castle and behaving of himself
gallantly so as to be excused by Gen' AVentworth from any
more Duty on tliis Attack a few days after was seiz'd with
a fever of which he dyed in twenty four hours to the great
Grief of those nearly related to him as you may imagine,
since your departure M" Freame was brought to Bed of a
fine Girl who is likely to li%'e and the latter End of next
month we all embark for England notwithstanding these
troublesome Times and please God in the Spring I return
again here, where if I can be of any service to you, without
Ceremony or reserve you may freely Command me.

I am glad the Provisions our People sent came so oppor-
tunely and they have still more money in their bands for
the use of your Unfortunate but I am doubtful whether any
Money will be Collected from other Societys than the
Quakers. I hear you are going to enter into that Solemn
State Matrimony tho not with the young Lady you had



4 24 Lcltcrs from Ldtcr-Booh of nichard Jlockhy, 1 739-1 74^.

some thoughts off, and if yoiil excuse my freedom wliom I
tliought not worthy your notice, as she shghted your Inno-
cent Atlectione. I hope dear Sir it will be with the appro-
bation of your Parents which ^^'ill tend to make your life
more agreable but in whatever state it pleases God to allott
you, you will always have my best Wishes who am with a
particular Esteem — D' Sir

Your assured friend .t obliged Hum* Serv'
Eicu^ Hockley.

P.S. If I shou'd not liave an oppertunity of sending
the Chair before I sail M' Strettle & Ellis have both
promised to send it by the first Convej-ance all your
Acquaintance here are \vell, except M"' Cummings who has
departed this Life I hope for a better, and all our family
w'^ myself desire their Compliments to yours not forgetting
M" Hume and my humble ser^'ice to M"" Lampton.

Philap-^ Feb''^ 22°i 1742
Per y* Catharine Capt Kollock

M« Jxo ^VATS0^-
D-"^ Sir

Inclosed you have Invoice & Bill of Lading for forty
Casks of Flour & twelve quarter Casks of Milk Bread &
one Cask of Gammons which I hope will please the wax
Candles I coud not gett Myrtle "Wax being so scarce &
would liave made the Candles come very high, so have sent
you none I am sorry the tallow ones did not please. I vron-
der at your reason of writing for light flour as you may
observe by the weights of each Cask what you loose in the
Freight and tis always three pence and six pence a hundred
dearer than the heavy & you may have 18 Barrels of the
heavy flour carried as cheap as the light I only mention this
as I apprehend you are not appris'd of it.

In my last to you w*^ you cou'd not have receiv'd before
I M-as favour'd w"* yours & you will see your objection as to
the £8.12.1 answer'd you think tis too much but it was
owing to our Exchange falling when I laid out that money



Ldia-s fi'om Letter-Book of liicha rd Ilockhy, 1 739- 1 7^2. 425

for your Ace' I reo'd a letter from M' Ilyam vdierein lie
iuforms me of liis hrn'ing paid for your Ace' £8.12.11 but
does not mention one word about the £23.7.11 on Ace' of
the flour I loft in your hands k unless you will bo so gofxl
as to mention it again I am afr'd he will carry the wliolo
credit to Mess" Ponns Ace' \x^^ is not right as I was con-
cern'd one third in the whole Cargo left with you exclusive
of what M' AYright owes me I intend to mention it myself
to him when an opportunity presents & as you now under-
stand M' Wright's Affair I hope you will be able io finish it
BOone. I sliall draw on M' George Udney for 2S.6-str. for
this parcell sent you now which will ballance it as our ]-]x-
change is now at 55 p Cent cl- have return'd you the
Georgia Bills as no body will take them liere ^l- w" I w;ls
my self in London I found some difficulty in getting only
three 20 S. Bills excha. so I hope you won't take it amiss
for I shall always be glad to serve you in this manner as
Ln Constantly maldng remittances to London. You ask
me what I think of M'' Whitefield's conversion to the Mo-
ravian Syestem in answer to w''' I must tell you he is no
Mora-nan as I can assure you from two Letters of his that I
have lately seen tis true he calls them his Brethren but
thinks they hold some Errors but not essential ones he
seems to breath a more Catholick Spirit than w" he first re-
turn'd from Boston & is expect'd w"' his Ylfe here in the
Spring, the Moravians are a fine Sett of people truly re-
ligious easy chearfull k courteous & a number of Polite well
bred people are among them, they gain Proselytes every
week & tho' malice & ill Fame represent them to the world
as a sett of People holding damnable Erroi-s yet their lives
& Conversations no one can find fiiult with k as a Tree is to
be known by its Fruits these people deserves the highest
Esteem. Perhaps you may imagine I am one but I am not
esteem'd so k am stedfast to the Quakers principles w'^ I
have always profest and like M' Whitefield w" he {)reaeh*d
them up untill he derogated from them k gott into the
Scheme of Reprobation w^'' by no means squares w"' the



4 2G Lttiers from Lclkr-Book of JxiclarJ Ilockky, 1 739-17 4-2.

Notions that I hold after a mature »fc delibei-ate Considera-
tion of the means of Salvation through Christ. I lieartily
wish you health v."' ^M" AVatson & your little Family to
whom please to tender my best Wishes & am

w"' Esteem D' S' Y' Obli^ Fr^ & humble Scr'

Richard Hockley.

Philadia >[ay 19'" 1742

yV' John Savage
D"- Sir

About sixteen days since I arrived safe here from ray
voyage to England, which has occasioned my long silence
and now I am settled liere, was un^nlling to slip this oppor-
tunity by M' Bedou of otiering my services to you or any of
your friends that may have occasion to transact any busi-
ness to this place, as you may depend on my best en-
deavours & punctuality to ser^-e you, if anything shou'd hap-
pen to fall in your way I hope you'l not forgett me; and
excuse this trouble as it is from a young Person just en-
gaging into business and %\-iHing to put himself forward as
farr as is consistent with Justice & Honour. I hope this
will meet you with your Uncle and Aunt as agreablc in every
respect as I wish you and please to give my best respects to
them, and believe me to be what I realy am D"" Sir
Your obliged Friend

- & Humb Servant

RicH° Hockley

If this shoud reach you before M' Ellis leaves you pray
give my liearty Service to him & lett him know I am

arrived.

Philada May27"' 1742
Via Newvork
D-* Sir

I wrote you sometime since Via New York & therein
gave you an ace' of my safe arrival but as I was much hur-
ried k had just heard of that opportunity I had no time to
Coppy my letter so that I hardly know what I wrote, tis
true I liave now time enough on my hands more than I de-



I^tltr.s from LcKcr-Book of B>'chard Jloc/chy, 1739-17^^2, 427

sire and unless something in the Shipping way shoud turn
out I confess I don't knov\' what I must do everything of
trade seems to be at a stand and by wliat I can learn "tis y'
general complaint of every Person there's no demand for
our Country Produce and yet it keeps up higli Flour at 11/
to 11/6 *t bread in proportion and there's as fine a prospect
of a great Cropp this year as ever was known. Provisions in
the West Indies is exceeding low k their Commoditys high
rum sells here at 3/6 cl- mellasses 2/3 per y' Hogshead ct yet
y' merch" complain they can't afford it at that Price, there
never was known so great a cpiantity of Goods in this Place
as is at present and I have been informed several Persons
have offer'd there Goods for 90 p Cent and that I am sure
can never answer, considering the great Charges attending
them in London. Dr. Bard has the greatest business of any
Person here great quantity of Goods are sold every Vendue
k realy very good ones, the Shop keepers llock thirher with
their money to purchase Bargains instead of Paying their
Creditors they stand indebted to, and in short very much
hurts y' trading People here, a motion was made lately by
some of the Corporation to Limitt y* value of the Sum put
up, not less than five Pounds but it cou'd not meet w'*" ap-
probation, and I am told Peece Meredith & M'' Clifton y*
"West Indian ofi:er'd to pay the Corporation £150 a year for
y* Place of Vendue Master.

I have taken all y' pains imaginable to put of my Cargo,
by advertising & writing to y* People in y^ Country that I
am acquainted with but as yet to little purpose k not a
Quaker \\\\\ come anear me for what reasons I can't tell,
unless the devilish prejudice they have ag' particular Persons
and so are u-illing to extend it to those that are their Friends.
I don't know how sufficiently to ex^^ress my gratitude for y'
Sum of money you was pleased to advance for me, if I had
left my self more in debt to other People than I have I don't
know what I must have done as they woud Expect remit-
tances and I not capable of Performing they might impute
it to some other cause than v* real one, of my not having it



428 Lcita-s from Lcticr-Book of Richard HocMey, 1730-17^3.

in my Power to do it, I have accepted of your kind offer of
Lodging witii M' Lardner as it \\'ill save me some expcnce,
and have been twice at Springetsbury, but botli Phices ap-
pear not to me as usual and instead of affording me any
real satisfaction ratlicr damps my Spirits, both y* Gardens &
Vineyard are I think in tolerable good order but still there
wants a superior Eye over it, your directions to Jacob &
Janies will be complyed with, and there's a fine show of
Grapes, the Orange trees flourish most delightfully, but am
afraid the Quicksett hedge will not answer your expectation.
As to publick aiiairs ^P Peters & !NP Lardner no doubt
will inform you off fully I being obliged constantly to attend
from morning 'till quite night in my Store have not an op-
portunity of knovnng much unless what I hear by chance
but can inform you that the answer you sent to y* Assem-
bly's Petition meets w'*" the Governours & the rest of your
friends approbation, they are all Cjuite delighted with it, and
y* Senators are allotted into different Committees to make a
reply of some sort or other to it & my brother Sam tells me
they press John Kinsey's assistance very much to help them
which he has refused k declares he \\\\\ have nothing to do
with it, the Male Contents say you have made a rodd for
your own breech', I most heartily ■^dsh they may smart for
it cou'd but }•* Innocent pass free, I coud not have thought.
Mr. Ivinsey to be the Man I find he is, he is much dis-
gusted at his being removed & tells everybody he is removed
from doing you any more Ser\dces, and wou'd I believe be
glad of an opportunity of doing your Family any Prejudice
in his way, though I am sensible he cannot in reality as you
desire nothing but what is consistent w'^ y' strictest Honour
& Justice, he complains much of y* small Gratuity as he
calls it for his great Services done you though M'' Plum-
stead did say when he heard what you had order'd him he
thought you very Lavish and more than he deserved. M'
Logan is of the same opinion as to ye Sum of money
order'd him, though Jn'' Kinsey refused it several times but
has at last taken it.



Letto-s from Lttier-Book of Richard Mockhy, 1739-17^2. 429

My brother Sam is to sett out for Xew York sometime
next week v/ith M' Peters he express his great liking to M""
Smith and make no doubt, neither application or diligence
will be wanting on his side, M' Kinsey has told M' Logan
that the young Ladd You placed with him was one of very
pregnant Parts, and as such M'' Logan told M' Peters twas
y' best thing you cou'd do for him to remove him there, so
that I hope Sir my brother will in every respect answer the
great Care k Charge you are at for his Education and every
expence will be done in as frugall a manner as possil)le.
James desires you wou'd be pleased to send over two Stone
rowlers for the Garden those made in this place \v\\\ not do
neither answer the expence and imagines they will come
cheaper from London they must be two feet 8 inches in
length one 18 inches y* 15 in diameter, all the Flowers I
brought with me flourish exceedingly but y* Hautboy
Strawberrys are all dead and 'tis very difficult I believe, to
gett them safe here, they were in the same box and had y'
same Care taken of them and what is the reason they don't
do I cant account for.

I hope tills will find you in health, and that your Voyage
to London v^ill be answer'd in every respect agreable to
your wishes, and as your presence is much wanted here
expect the time will not be long 'ere you turn your thoughts
on your Voyage hither, but untill I have the pleasure of
Congratulating you on your Arrival here, an Anxiety for
your Wellfare, and the thoughts of dull slow time will
alternately possess ray Mind, excuse Sir ray Expressions as
they arise frora a Heart touch'd with y' deepest Sense of
Gratitude & Affection for nothing in this world cou'd give
me greater pleasure than to convince you on all occasions
\\-ith how sincere an Esteem I am
D' & Hon^ Sir

Your most Aff^' & obliged Fr" k hum Serv'

EiCH° Hockley.

Thqs Penn Esq«



430 letters from. Letter-Book of lik-hard Jlockh/, 1789-174,2.

Phii.ap^ June 6"" 1742
1' by Capt Geo. Davis

Tho» Penn Esq''
IToN^ Sir

Above is coppy of what I wrote you Via New York and
least that ghoir'd have miscarried I troubk' you with this by
Cap* Davis to k-tr you see that I am not unmindfull of
writing, though I have nothing pleasing to communicate at
present and to trouble you with a repetition of my own ill
luck and Uneasiness is not decent, and cannot be agreable,
though what strongly affects y' mind, cannot be easily con-
ceal'd especially when writing to a friend, as it appears like
some relief to unburthen the Mind. My brother is not yet
gone to York, as ]SP Peters can't go with hmi, being in
daily expectation of the Indians coming down to receive
tlieir goods, and 'tis necessary he shou'd in order to settle
the Terms w'*" M' Smith and when they are dispatch'd they
will immediately sett out, Sam is not Idle all this time but
writes for M'' W"" Peters and has an opportunity of reading
his books which may be of service to him, as he will have
an opportunity of seeing into the different Forms as most
Lawyers vary in some sort or other in their [Manner, M""
Peters has gott into some practice already in y' County
Courts and is in a fair way of getting good business, Sam
has dra\%Ti several declarations for him already but he does
not approve of his way as it differs from V common form
something which was M' Kinsey's practice though y' Ladd
is well acquainted with both.

By y* advice k direction of Mess" Plurnsted k Peters I
waited \\\Xh. Sam on M"" Kinsey to take his leave of him, and
to know what he expected for his board and had twenty
Pistoles with me, M"" Kinsey said y* ladd had been of a good
deal of service to him especially in the Loan olhce business,
he wish'd him good success and as there was no good un-
derstanding between your Family and him he thought 'twas
as well for Sammy k him to part, if the money offer'd him
was to come as from Sam he wou'd not take a farthing but



IxtU rs from L-citcr-Book of luchard Hockley, 1 7S0- 1 742. 431

intimated if from you 'twns a very different Case and I suj)-
pose wou'd not have been a very reasonable demand, which
I was mnch. surprized at, and toki him 'twas on Sam's Ac-



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