OSL ROBERT BAY TO MEIGS
New philadelphia April 3d 1813
The object of writing to you at this time is to acquaint you of a Circumstance which took place with us here, and to have your direction how and in what manner to proceed in the case is that on yesterday four Indians was taken prisoners (near to Goshen a little indian vilage near to this place) two of them about fifteen days from Walden one of them known by the name of Philip Connotchy who has been often in this place and made his home at Goshen for a considerable time untill shortly before the Declaration of war since his depart9ure then, he has not been seen in this place untill now but has been seen and notoriously known and dis- tinguished as an enveterate Enemy at the battles of Brownstown and the surrender of G. Hull the other stranger is a Canadian, young Indian Warror who was at the Defeat of Genl. Winchester. The two other fellows are Goshen Indians all imprisoned they held English allies and one of the Goshen Indians have irons on for safe keeping, The Goshen Indians was taken in custody for attempting to conceal Connotchy and his fellow from being apprehended who were both armed with British Fusees marked London their Horns full of Excellent Powder their pouches well supplyed with balls. their sides well supported with Hatchets knifes and War Clubs Connotchy say he was at the battles of Brownstown and the surrender of Hull and further says he was with a part of Indians last fall thirty five in number as far as the River Huron[?] himself and two others there stoped and while the other proceeded and Commited the murder in the neighbourhood of Green town he says his Errant was to see his friends and to advise them to go to Malden -- if they Consented to go Capt Cliot (English) promised him when he would return he would furnish a sufficient number of men to give them all a safe pasage to Malden
please to direct in whatmanner we shall proceed in making a dis- position of the fellows in custody we wait your advice on the subject
I am sir your obedient Humbl.
Return J Meigs Governor
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