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Our good Brother of Virginia
This comes by our Brother Thomas Burney who was with us in the last unhappy Battle we had with our Enemies the French & French Indians, who engag'd our Fort at a Time when all our Warriors & briskest Men were out a Hunting; They had two hundred and forty Fighting Men appear'd suddenly & took us on Surprize, ......
Brothers. We send You by our Brother Burney one Scalp & a Belt of Wampum; to let you know we are more concerned for the Loss of our King, & our Brothers that were taken & kill'd than for ourselves altho' in great Distress for want of Arms & Ammunition, for we must look on ourselves as Lost, if our Brothers the English do not stand by us, & give us Powder, & Lead, & Arms. ......
P.S: There was but two French Men appear'd among the Indians in Time of Battle, altho' we understood there were Thirty French men within two Miles of us, all the Time of Action, who were ready to receive their Share of the Plunder.
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