Hannah's Town - August, 1782

Transcribed by Judy Longley

Niagara 5th Aug't 1782

Dear Sir,

      Sayengaraghta and His Party are Returned from War, after burning and destroying Hannah's Town and the Country for seven or eight Miles round it. This Settlement was about 30 miles below Fort Pitt, on the Road to Philadelphia, they Kill'd between three and four Hundred head of horn'd Cattle, 70 Horses, Sheep and Hogs innumerable, and brought away to their Village 70 Horses and two Cows. Also Killed 15 of the Enemy and took 10 Prisoners.

      All the News papers that Cap't. Powell could collect, have inclosed them for His Excellency's perusal;

      I impatiently wait your Answer to the many things already wrote uponó

      I must beg His Excellency to order the Indian presents to be forwarded as soon as possible, being so much in arrears last Winter, has already consumed the greatest part of the most useful articles sent me this Summer. The bad assortment, and the want of some material Articles obliged me to be the more extravagant in others.

I am Sir your most obedient and

Humble Servant,

      John Butler

[to] Cap't Mathews

From microfilm of the Frederick Haldimand Papers, British Library Additional Manuscripts No. 21,765, folio 294, with thanks to the British Library (London, UK) and by courtesy of the Public Archives of Canada.