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CHEROKEE ALLIES

MERCER GREETS 148 CHEROKEE AT FORT LOUDOUN WINCHESTER VA

April 21,22 , 1757

Captain George Mercer at Fort Loudoun, dated 24 April 1757, writes to GW:

“Thursday and Friday last came to Town [Winchester] 148 Cherokees, with Major [Andrew] Lewis, and yesterday I spoke to them, as they did not chuse an Interview sooner.”

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Mercer goes on to write that the Cherokee felt lied to and now their own young men of their Cherokee nation feel lied to by their own leaders.

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The phrase of “giving presents” means supplies of blankets, shoes, weapons, etc.  The phrase of “treated as children” means to treat the Indians with the favor of giving them needed and nice things, like they would do so with their own children.

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