Indian and British Depredations!

On this day week the family of a Mr. Hutson, consisting of his wife and [illegible] hired man, [illegible] [party of Indians] 5 miles above  [illegible] within the bounds of the Illinois territory.  This unhappy man had left his family on the evening of the same day to go to a horse mill about four miles distant, he returned at sunset and found his house on fire, the roof of which had just fallen in - - in the yard lay the body of the young man who lived with him, most shockingly mangled.  The fate of his wife and children were not ascertained until the next day, when their bones were found amongst the ashes of their house.  On the same day that the above murders were perpetrated, the body of a Mr. Hinton, who had been missing some days from the settlement on the Driftwood Fork of White River was found - - he had been shot, tomahawked and scalped, and his body thrown into the river. 

These events connected with others of a similar character which have happened in the Illinois territory, leaves us little room to hope that a war with most of the Indian tribes north of the Wabash can be avoided, they require no comment as far as they relate to the Indians.  It only remains that we should justify ourselves for connecting the name of a civilized people with events so horrible in their nature, that to those who saw them they might freeze with horror.  The murder of a mother and four helpless innocents, the former (as it appeared from the state of their remains) holding the youngest child in her arms, and the others clinging to her for protection. - - Great God! what a picture - - will the people of England suffer their government to proceed in a course which clamps such infamy upon their country?  Or will they not rather, if the proofs which we this day exhibit, to show that the source of these atrocities can be traced to their ministers, be ever circulated amongst them, vindicate their national character, by depriving such monsters of their authority.  If there were no other evidence that the British are the authors of our present difficulties with the Indians, the single circumstance of their having distributed to them a larger quantity of goods and a much larger portion arms & ammunition in the last season than at any former period, would be amply sufficient.  That this has been the case will not be denied, as it is known to every person who was in the Indian country, or who had any connection with them.


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How to cite this article:  "Indian and British Depredations," Louisiana Gazette (St. Louis, Louisiana Territory), 16 May 1812, pg. 2, available at