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

Logan Campaign 86
Treaty of 1787 Speech by Captain Johnny of the Shawnees, 8/20/1787: <We have sent for Logan to let him know our opinions. He shall soon know our opinion from our very hearts. I heard your words by which I wasy informed not to be afraid to come in and exchange for my prisoners. I was not afraid, but our people is scattered so far apart that it took me a great deal of trouble, to which I made all industry I could to get all the prisoners I could from our young Brothers, for which I was two months out at the Wabash towns amongst the rest of our young Brothers, which I found out their opinion, all those that had prisoners said they would not give them up to their brothers the big-knife, which was one half the Towns, those that had none, plead to take pity on the women and children, to give them up to get their prisoners from the white people. When I was there, I looked back where I lived, where our old towns was, I looked to be alone, or like a man among children. I could by no means get prisoners from the others. I heard our brothers word and believed it, and meant to come in myself. All my town is for peace, the one half of the Picaway town, and the half of Chilocotha Town, the half of Cespico town also, and the half of Wacatomica, of which all say, let us take pity on our women and children, and agree to make a peace with our brother, the big-knife, which our brother, the big-knife have always said was in our power, if we want peace we shall have peace, to which we are agreed, to come back, to where our old town was burnt, and live like brothers. These other Indians that are for war, they will be always out on the Wabash, and will make a distinction between ourselves, to let our brother big-knife know we are for real peace. Here will be five little towns of us that will be for peace, & will trade to our brother big knife, and use all industry we can to get as many prisoners as we can. Our women has talked to us to take pity on them, and to make a peace, that we may live in peace and plenty. When we heard their speech, we took pity on them, all that is now for peace. These others that are for war, took no pity on their women and children. We want to let our women and children live in peace and plenty. Now we took it on ourselves to be as poor people, on account as the rest of our brothers would take no pity on us to get our prisoners, but we hope through time, we will be able to redress them all -- then we will live in peace and plenty like brothers. All our young main chiefs are for peace. Of them other Towns there is none but some wild young fellows that will be out on the Wabash, that will be for war. We cannot do anything with them.> Copied by John Shane from the KENTUCKY GAZETTE, 8/25/1787. 18CC7

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