[Council between Harrison and Tecumseh]

The council between the governor and the Indian chiefs closed on Wednesday evening.  The celebrated Tecumseh was the principal speaker on the part of the Indians.  His display of talents and oratory was by no means such as we had anticipated. -- In his first speech on Tuesday he made an apology for taking the salt, & it was so weak a one, he might as well have held his tongue.  In his last speech, he displayed indeed some art and ingenuity;  but the veil under which he attempted to cover his designs was so thin as to be seen thorough by all who are not wilfully blind.  He gave indeed, no satisfaction on any point. -- To the complaint of the governor upon the subject of the late murders, and other depredations, and the demand of the two men who had murdered capt. Cole, and his party on the Missouri -- he replied "that these ought all to be forgiven; that he was about to set out to visit the southern Indians, for the purpose of inviting them to join the northern tribes, all of whom were now united, and under his control -- that as soon as he effected the object of his journey, which he expected would take him until next spring; he would then return, and he would then be willing to settle all differences with the white people; that he would send messages to all [illegible] tribes under his control, to tell them what they were to do in his absence; but if any further murders were committed upon our people, he hoped it would be overlooked until his return.  To the question asked him by the governor, whether it was the intention of the Indians to do any mischief to those who have, or who shall settle in the new purchase.  He replied, that, that tract ought not to be settled until his return; because a number of Indians would come to settle at his town this fall; that they intended to use that tract as a hunting ground and that the white people would probably lose their cattle and hogs.         


Stript of the thin disguise with which he attempted to cover his intentions, the plain English of what he said appeared to be this -- "In obedience to the orders of my masters the British, I have now succeeded in uniting the northern tribes of Indians in a confederacy for the purpose of attacking the United States, and I am now on my way to stir up the southern Indians; I wish you, however, to remain perfectly quiet until I return -- do not attempt to obtain any satisfaction for the injuries you may sustain or for such as you have already received; I am not yet quite ready to resist you -- when I return I shall be completely so, and then you may do as you please."  We hope, however, the government will take immediate and effectual measures for breaking up this confederation.  The resolutions of the citizens of the country, which we this day publish, and the address to the president which we also insert, will, we hope, have the desired effect. .

We must request our readers to correct a mistake which occurred in our last, in our remarks upon Indian affairs, we said, there was between 250 and 3000 -- it should have been 250 or 300.

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How to cite this article: [Council between the Governer and the  Indian Chiefs], Western Sun (Vincennes, Indiana Territory), 3 Aug. 1811, p. 3, available at http://history.hanover.edu/texts/1811.