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Listen!—When we were last to the Rapids, it is true we gave you assistance. It is hard to fight people who live like ground hogs.*
Listen Father !–Our fleet has gone out-we know they have fought-we have heard the great guns, but know nothing of what has happened to our father with one arm. Our troops have gone one way, and we are very much astonished to see our father tying up every thing and preparing to run away the other, without leting his red children know what his intentions are.
You always told us to remain here, and take care of our landsmit made our hearts glad to hear that was your wish. Our great father, the king, is the head, and you represent him. You always told us, that you would never draw
foot off British ground; but now, father, we see you are drawing back, and we are sorry to see our father doing so, without seeing the enemy. We must compare our father's conduct to a fat animal, that carries its tail upon its back, but when affrighted, it drops it between its legs, and runs off
Listen Father!—The Americans have not yet defeated us by land ; neither are we sure that they have done so by water: we therefore wish to remain here, and fight our enemy, should they make their appearance.
If they defeat us, we will then retreat with our father.
At the battle of the Rapids, last war, the Americans certainly defeated us; and when we retreated to our father's forts at that place, the gates were shut against us. We were afraid that it would now be the case, but instead of that, we see our British father preparing to march out of his garrison.
Father - You have got the arms and ammunition which the great father sent for his red children. If you have any idea of going away, give them to us, and you inay go and welcome, for us. Our lives are in the hands of the Great Spirit-we are determined to defend our lands, and if it is his will, we wish to leave our bones upon them.
Amherstburg, September 18th, 1813.
FORT GEORGE, October 11th, 1813, 7 o'clock P. M. SIR,
Within the last five minutes, I have had the honour to receive your despatch by “the Lady of the Lake."
The enemy has treated me with neglect. He continued in his old positions until Saturday last (the 9th) when he took up his
* During the siege of Fort Meigs, the troops covered themselves from the enemy's fire, by throwing up travesses and ditches of earth.
f Commodore Barclay.
retreat on Burlington heights, and has abandoned this whole peninsula. Two causes are assigned for this precipitate movement; the succour of Proctor, who is reported to have been entirely defeated, if not taken ; the other, the safety of Kingston, endan, ered by your movement. We have had from the
enemy many deserters, most of whom concur in the latter supposition. The British burnt every thing in store in this neigiibourhood, 3000 blankets, many hundred stands of arms, also the blankets in the men's packs, and every article of clothing not in actual use.
They are supposed to have reached Burlington heights last evening, from the rate of their march the night before. I have information of their having passed the 40," by several inhabitants who have come down. They add to what was stated by the deserters, that two officers of the 41st had joined general Vincent from Proctor's army, with the information that Proctor was des feated eighteen miles this side of Malden. I cannot get particulars.
From the same sources of intelligence, it appears that the 49th, a part of the 100th, and the voltigeurs, moved from this neighbourhood the day after our flotilla left this, the 3d instant, but with what destination is not certainly known. It was first reported (I mean in the British camp) that these regiments had marched to support Proctor, who, it is said, wrote that he would be compelled to surrender if not supported. I am pretty sure, however, that they are gone below. The movement of our army, belou , seems to have been known in the British lines as early the 3d instant, together with the immediate objects in view; hence I have no difficulty in concluding, that all the movements of the enemy will concentrate at Kingston.
Chapin, who has been commissioned a lieutenant colonel, marched late last evening up the lake, with about 100 volunteers under his command, and was followed this morning by generals M•Clure and Porter, with about 1000 men, Indians and militia included. There is no danger of their coming up with the enemy, or they would be in great danger of a total anuhilation.
Vincent took hence with him, about 1000 or 1,100 regulars. Many of the militia left this with the avowed design of plunder; but I fear from reports that the British have left the miserable inhabitants without any thing, to be ravished. I expect general M'Clure back to-morrow evening, as he only took with him supplies for two days; he will probably go as far as “ the 20.” On the 8th Chapin went out with a small party and attacked one of the enemy's pickets, which brought on a skirmish in which many of colonel Swift's regiment participated. Atter a great waste of ammunition, the parties retired to their respective can ps with little loss on either side; we made and lost a prisoner, had two Indians killed, and two other men wounded. We hear the enemy had five men wounded.
I had this morning made an arrangement, on application of general M'Clure, to be relieved in the command of this post on the morning of the 13th instant, with an intention of taking up my line of march for Sackett's Harbor, according to the discretion allowed me in the instructions I had the honour to receive from you at this place. My situation has become truly insupportable: without the possibility of an attack at this post, and without the possibility of reaching you time enough to share in the glory of impending operations below; I am nevertheless, flattered with the assurance that transport will be forwarded for my re-, moval, and to favor that intention, I propose taking up my line of march on the morning of the 13th for the mouth of Genessee river, and there await the arrival of the vessels you are good enough to promise me. By this movement, captain Mix thinks with me, that I shall hasten my arrival at Sackett's Harbor 5 possibly 10 days. Captain Camp has a sufficient number of wagons to take me thither ; I can easily make that place by the evening of the 15th. I hope I shall have your approbation, and every thing is arranged with brigadier M'Clure.
Knowing your wishes respecting the invalids or subjects for discharge, and fearing that water transport might not be had till the season was too far advanced for their removal, I have ventured to send lieutenant Archer ( paymaster of the 20th who was left here without orders,) on command to Greenbush, with 100 men of this description. It was a measure approved of by doctor Mann, and I hope not contrary to your wishes and intentions. Doctor Hugo, surgeon's mate of the 14th (also left here without orders) accompanied the detachment. The quarter master's department furnished 8 wagons on my requisition,
The sick list of the garrison is much reduced since your departure, (I have the honor to enclose my morning report) and Doctor Mann has discharged many patients from his hospital: I also enclose you his last report. "Those marked “subjects for discharge” are part of the number sent off to Greenbush. Doctor Mann and captain Camp have concluded to remove the general hospital to “ the eleven mile Creek near Buffaloe, the barracks at which place will be sufficient for the reception of the whole of the sick, with some triling repairs.
From the morning report enclosed, you will find 794 the “ total," &c. present of the regulars of this garrison, including officers, &c. Transport will be necessary for about 850 persons. I wish also to take with me four iron 6's, one 54 inch howitzer, and two caissons, the whole on field carriages. This train will form no impediment in my march to the mouth of Genessee river, as I have horses belonging to the regiment, sufficient to draw it. If it meet your approbation, I can send the horses thence to Sackett's Harbor by land
I have, by working almost night and day, greatly improved the defences of this post, and nearly filled up the idea of the engineer.
I flatter myself that I have also improved the garrison in discipline. I must apologize for the haste in which this is written, but captain Mix proposes to sail immediately, and I fear to detain him a moment. I think I shall certainly be at the mouth of the Genessee by the 15th instant.
I have the honour to be. &c.
W. SCOTT, Col. Comdg. Major general Wilkinson.
Extract of a letter from colonel Clark, to brigadier general
CAMP, CHAZY-LANDING, October 15th, 1813. It is with great pleasure I can inform you of a successful attack upon the enemy at Massequoi bay, on the morning of the 12th instant. At this time I had only the riflemen with me, the artillery moving slow and the militia protecting their rear. We proceeded to the village (Massequoi) and arrived within 15 rods of the enemy before we were discovered. We found them drawn up under major Powell, in a manner that would have annoyed us much had we attacked them by water, but wholly unprepared to defend themselves on the land side ; they commenced a fire on the left flank, but in ten minutes after the first attack they laid down their arms and surrendered themselves prisoners of war.
Understanding that a force of 200 men, under colonel Lock, was marching to attack us, I despatched captain Finch, with his company, to reconnoitre them and ascertain their course. He proceeded with such promptness and ability as to surprise and capture the advanced guard, consisting of cavalry, excepting one man who escaped, and, giving the information, the enemy retreated.
The prisoners were then put on board our boats and sent to Burlington.
Our whole force engaged was 102—the number of prisoners taken is 101, their killed 9, and wounded 14.
I am, sir, with great respect, &c.
ISAAC CLARK, Brig. gen. Parker, commanding at
To the inhabitants of the Upper Province of Canada. Brigadier general M'Clure, commanding on the Niagara frontier, finds the Upper Province deserted by the British army and abandoned by its government. In the peculiar situation of the
inhabitants, it is essential to their security that some regulations should be established for their government, while the American army has the power of enforcing them. The general regrets to say, that illegal, unauthorized, and forbidden pillage has been coinmitted by a few, who are lost to all horour, and insensible of the obligations of a soldier. To arrest such practices, to afford all the protection in his power, and to ensure safety to the property and persons of the inhabitants, who are now under his controul, the general has issued this address.
The employment of the Indians has been a source of extreme regret to the general. But finding them called out by the government of the United States, and expecting to attack an aray who had long employed them in scenes of atrocity and outrage, at which humanity shudders, he was driven to the only alteraaive left him, of using the same weapon against our enemies which they had used against ourselves ; that the British army had abandoned their encampments and fled before the American force, does not weaken the necessity which he was under of employing the Indians before he knew the enemy had absconded. ‘Ai the same time, it is due to them to say, that the Indians have con: ducted themselves far better than could have been expected, if the example of British officers and British savages be a criterion. Not a single individual has been scalped or tomahawked by them, no prisoner of war has been burnt, the dead have not been thrown into the public highways, women and children have not been massacred, nor has private property been destroyed, except in cases where the former conduct of the owners required exemplary retaliation. The property which they have plundered, has, in cases where it was possible, been restored by the inhabitants of the United States; and when the necessity for their employment ceased to exist, the Indians were sent to the American side of the river, beyond the reach of temptation, to wait until circumstances justified another call upon them. The relation of these facts is due to the honour of our government, to the reputation of the general, and to the merits of the Indians. From it, also, the inhabitants of Canada may learn what they may expect from American forbearance and clemency.
To insure that forbearance, the inhabitants have an easy duty to perform ; let them be perfectly neutral, let them abstain from communications with the British army and remain at home, quietly pursuing their avocations. Those who conduct diferently will incur the penalties of rigorous martial law. The character of our free republican government, and the nature of our institutions, will justify your expectation of security and protection. All civil magistrates will continue to exercise the functions of their offices merely as conservators of the peace. As far as they are able, they will preserve order and quiet among the inhabitants. The existing laws of the province, so far as they regard the public peace, and not interfering with the regulations of the army, will