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Virginia, and bring her out to meet him at that island. Accord, ingly, on the 22d of December, George set sail in the Industry, bound to Virginia, where he arrived on the 1st February, 1752, after five weeks of stormy winter seafaring.
Lawrence remained through the winter at Barbadoes; but the very mildness of the climate relaxed and enervated him. He felt the want of the bracing winter weather to which he had been accustomed. Even the invariable beauty of the climate; the perpetual summer, wearied the restless invalid. “This is the finest island of the West Indies," said he; " but I own no place can please me without a change of seasons. We soon tire of the same prospect.” A consolatory truth for the inhabitants of more capricious climes.
Still some of the worst symptoms of his disorder had disappeared, and he seemed to be slowly recovering; but the nervous restlessness and desire of change, often incidental to his malady, had taken hold of him, and early in March he hastened to Ber: muda. He had come too soon. The keen air of early spring brought on an aggravated return of his worst symptoms. “I have now got to my last refuge," writes he to a friend, “where I must receive my final sentence, which at present Dr. Forbes will not pronounce. He leaves me, however, I think, like a criminal condemned, though not without hopes of reprieve. But this I am to obtain by meritoriously abstaining from flesh of every sort, all strong liquors, and by riding as much as I can bear. These are the only terms on which I am to hope for life.”
He was now afflicted with painful indecision, and his letters perplexed his family, leaving them uncertain as to his morements, and at a loss how to act. At one time he talked of remaining a year at Bermuda, and wrote to his wife to come out 1762]
DEATA OF LAWRENCE.
with George and rejoin him there, but the very same letter shows his irresolution and uncertainty, for he leaves her coming to the decision of herself and friends. As to his own movements, he says, “Six weeks will determine me what to resolve on. Forbes advises the south of France, or else Barbadoes.” The very next letter, written shortly afterwards in a moment of despondency, talks of the possibility of “ hurrying home to his grave!"
The last was no empty foreboding. He did indeed hasten back, and just reached Mount Vernon in time to die under his own roof, surrounded by his family and friends, and attended in his last moments by that brother on whose manly affection his heart seemed to repose. His death took place on the 26th July, 1752, when but thirty-four years of age. He was a noble-spirited, pure-minded, accomplished gentleman; honored by the public, and beloved by his friends. The paternal care ever manifested by him for his youthful brother, George, and the influence his own character and conduct must have had upon him in his ductile years, should link their memories together in history, and endear the name of Lawrence Washington to every American.
Lawrence left a wife and an infant daughter to inherit his ainple estates. In case his daughter should die without issue, the estate of Mount Vernon, and other lands specified in his will, were to be enjoyed by her mother during her lifetime, and at her death to be inherited by his brother George. The latter was appointed one of the executors of the will; but such was the implicit confidence reposed in his judgment and integrity, that, although he was but twenty years of age, the management of the affairs of the deceased was soon devolved upon him almost entirely. It is needless to say that they were managed with consummate skill and scrupulous fidelity.
COUNCIL OF THE OHIO TRIBES AT LOGSTOWN-TREATY WITH THE ENGLISH-OEST's
SETTLEMENT-SPEECHES OF THE HALF-KING AND THE FRENCH COMMANDANT -FRENCH AGGRESSIONS-TUE RUINS OF PIQUA-WASHINGTON SENT ON A MISSION TO THE FRENCH COMMANDER—JACOB VAN BRAAM, HIS INTERPRETER -CHRISTOPHER GIST, HIS GUIDE-HALT AT THE CONFLUENCE OF THE MONOY. GAHELA AND ALLEGANY-PROJECTED FORT-SUINGISS, A DELAWARE SACIEM -LOGSTOWN-THIE HALF KING-INDIAN COUNCILS-INDIAN DIPLOMACY-RUMORS CONCERNING JONCAIRE-INDIAN ESCORTS—THE HALF-KING, JESKAKAKE AND WHITE THUNDER.
The meeting of the Ohio tribes, Delawares, Shawnees, and Mingoes, to form a treaty of alliance with Virginia, took place at Logstown, at the appointed time. The chiefs of the Six Nations declined to attend. “It is not our custom,” said they proudly, “ to meet to treat of affairs in the woods and weeds. If the Governor of Virginia wants to speak with us, and deliver us a present from our father (the King), we will meet him at Albany, where we expect the Governor of New York will be present.” *
At Logstown, Colonel Fry and two other commissioners from Virginia, concluded a treaty with the tribes above named; by
• Letter of Col. Johnson to Gov. Clinton.-Doc. Ilist. N. Y. ii., 624.
THE HALF-KING AND THE FRENCH COMMANDANT
which the latter engaged not to molest any English settlers south of the Ohio. Tanacharisson, the half-king, now advised that his brothers of Virginia should build a strong house at the fork of the Monongahela, to resist the designs of the French. Mr. Gist was accordingly instructed to lay out a town and build a fort at Chartier's Creek, on the east side of the Ohio, a little below the site of the present city of Pittsburg. He commenced a settlement, also, in a valley just beyond Laurel Hill, not far from the Youghiogeny, and prevailed on eleven families to join him. The Ohio Company, about the same time, established a trading post, well stocked with English goods, at Wills' Creek (now the town of Cumberland).
The Ohio tribes were greatly incensed at the aggregsions of the French, who were erecting posts within their territories, and sent deputations to remonstrate, but without effect. The halfking, as chief of the western tribes, repaired to the French post on Lake Erie, where he made his complaint in person.
“Fathers,” said he, “ you are the disturbers of this land by building towns, and taking the country from us by fraud and force. We kindled a fire a long time ago at Montreal, where we desired you to stay and not to come and intrude upon our land. I now advise you to return to that place, for this land is ours.
“ If you had come in a peaceable manner, like our brothers the English, we should have traded with you as we do with them; but that you should come and build houses on our land, and take it by force, is what we cannot submit to. Both you and the English are white. We live in a country between you both; the land belongs to neither of you. The Great Being allotted it to us as a residence. So, fathers, I desire you, as I have desired
our brothers the English, to withdraw, for I will keep you both at arm's length. Whichever most regards this request, that side will we stand by and consider friends. Our brothers the English have heard this, and I now come to tell it to you, for I am not afraid to order you off this land.”
* Child,” replied the French commandant," you talk foolishly. You say this land belongs to you; there is not the black of my nail yours. It is my land, and I will have it, let who will stand up against me. I am not afraid of flies and mosquitoes, for as such I consider the Indians. I tell you that down the river I will go, and build upon it. If it were blocked up I have forces sufficient to burst it open and trample down all who oppose me. My force is as the sand upon the sea-shore. Therefore here is your wampum; I fing it at you."
Tanacharisson returned, wounded at heart, both by the language and the haughty manner of the French commandant. He saw the ruin impending over his race, but looked with hope and trust to the English as the power least disposed to wrong the red man.
French influence was successful in other quarters. Some of the Indians who had been friendly to the English showed signs of alienation. Others menaced hostilities. There were reports that the French were ascending the Mississippi from Louisiana. France, it was said, intended to connect Louisiana and Canada by a chain of military posts, and hem the English within the Allegany Mountains.
The Ohio Company complained loudly to the LieutenantGovernor of Virginia, the Hon. Robert Dinwiddie, of the hostile conduct of the French and their Indian allies. They found in Dinwiddie a ready listener; he was a stockholder in the com: pany.