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the ground, or near it, a fine brass field train of artillery. Several of the pieces are trophies of the revolution, taken at Saratoga and York, and surrendered by general Hull. The number of small arms and military stores, taken by us, or destroyed by the enemy, is immense. My force in action, of all descriptions, was short of 2500.

I am preparing an expedition to Michilimackinac, and another to Long Point, to destroy at the latter a depot of provisions.

I shall send orders to general Gano, by this conveyance. It is probable that the greater part of his troops may be dismissed in a short time. The Indians in this neighbourhood, are submitting at discretion.

I am your friend,

WILLIAM H. HARRISON. His excellency Gov. Meigs.

(INCLOSURE.) SPEECH OF TECUMSEH

In the name of the Indian chiefs and warriors, to major general Proctor, as the representative of their great Father, the king.

FATHER—Listen to your children! You lave them now all before you. The war before* this, our British father gave the hatchet to his red children, when our old chiefs were alive. They are now dead. In that war, our father was thrown on his back by the Americans, and our father took them by the hand without our knowledge it and we are afraid that our father will do so again at this time. Summer before last, when I came forward with my red brethren, and was ready to take up the hatchet in favour of our British father, we were told not to be in a hurry--that he had not yet determined to fight the Americans.

Listen:- When war was declared, our father stood up and gave us the tomahawk, and told us that he was now ready to strike the Americans; that he wanted our assistance; and that he would certainly get us our lands back, which the Americans had taken

from us.

Listen You told us that time, to bring forward our families to this place; and we did so, and you promised to take care of them, and that they should want for nothing, while the men would go and fight the enemy; that we need not trouble ourselves about the enemy's garrisons; that we knew nothing about them; and that our father would attend to that part of the busi

You also told your red children that you would take good care of their garrison here, which made our hearts glad.

ness.

* The revolutionary war.
† The British made peace without any stipulation for their Indian allies.

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.t 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 let. ing 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 your 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 fortf 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.

ť Commodore Barclay.
# Fort Miami, near Wayne's battle ground.

retreat on Burlington heights, and has abandoned this whole

peninsula. Two causes are assigned tor this precipitate movement; the succour of Proctor, who is reported to have been entirely dea feateu, if not taken ; the other, the safety of Kingston, endan ered by your movement. We have had from the

enemiy many deserters, most of whom concur in the latter supposition. The British burnt every thing in store in this neighbourhood, 5000 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 defeated 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 Sd instant, but with what destination is not certainly known. It was first reported (I mean in tlie 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 as 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 apuihilation.

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. After a great waste of ammunition, the parties retired to their respective camps 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 removal, 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 ke 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 trifling 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. 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. ComdgMajor general Wilkinson.

Extract of a letter from colonel Clark, to brigadier general

Parker.

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

Burlington, Vt.

ADDRESS

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

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