A letter from Henry Ellis, Royal Governor of Georgia, in Savannah, to the headmen and warriors of the Creek Nation, May 26, 1760.
Friends and Brothers,
Robert Frenchis just come from your Nation and reports that several Traders in the Upper Towns have, at the Instigation of our Enemies, been killed by some of your mad People. I hope you remember, Brothers, that in our Treaties with you it is agreed that if the red or white People shall have anything to complain of each other they are in a friendly Manner to apply for Redress; the red People to me, and I to the Head Men of your Nation. If you have any real cause to be dissatisfied with the white People I desire you will let me know it to the End that it may be removed and not suffer your mad People to go on killing our Traders as Frenchsay they have done. Hearken to me, Brothers! I advise you as your true Friend not to throw away the white People, but hold them the faster by the Hand the more our Enemies endeavour[endeavor] to separate Us: And though some of your People may have done a mad Thing yet Friends may overlook it and make all strait [straight] again: Which that we may the sooner do, send down on head Man with your Answer to me who shall meet with no Harm but return safely to you; and you may be assured that though there are many of your People now amongst Us none of them shall be molested for we love to live in
Peace with the red People. Brothers, Do not throw away this Talk of your Friend.
Given under my Hand and Seal at Arms at Savannahin the Province of Georgiathe twentysixth [twenty-sixth] Day of May 1760.
[Signed] Henry Ellis
To the Mico's Head-Men and Warriors of the Creek Nations, The Governour [Governor] of Georgiasends Greeting --