Draper Manuscripts: Daniel Boone Papers, 1760-1911, Series CC, Wisconsin Historical Society (Madison, Wisconsin)

Long Siege John Shane interview of John Gass, son of David Gass, ca. 1843-49, 2: <Boon had run away from the indns: as they were gathering to come to Bnsbgh:. He had promised while a prisoner w. them, as the commander there, that he wo'd come w. them to Bnsbgh:, and give the place up. . . . Boon had promised, while w. the indns:, and when he heard they were coming, that he wo'd come w. them, and deliver up the fort. They understood him to be commander. But bef: they started, Boon ran away, & put the fort in an attitude of defense. When the indns: came, an interpreter, a negro fellow, named Pompey, came up and called for Boon. Boon went out, & they talked awhile, and then started &c. went up to the main body. The indns: now required of Boon, his promise. Boon pleaded, he had been gone so long, there were other officers in his place. He retd:, and a Major Smith, dressed up in a red scarlet coat, maccaroni hadt, w. an ostrich feather in it, went out w. Boon the 2nd time. The same conversation -- for substance -- then transpired, as at 1st. Boon said think that they wo'dn't be safe to go back any more; he saw that the indns: were getting angry. He now left it to the people, whether they wo'd go w. the indns: to Detroit, surrendering the fort, or whether they wo'd hold it out. (He wanted to be free from blame, sho'd: they hold on, and the indns: overcome them. Boon was blamed for this proposal; but he only meant to shake off responsibility: and in going out to make a treaty, he did it w. the intention of detaining till the soldiers came.) The idea of the treaty, was to detain the indns: as long as they co'd:, w. an expectation of help. Boon had come from them a few weeks before, knew of their intentions, & they had then sent on for help.> continued 11CC12-14

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