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Letter to General Stark giving intelligence

Hon. Brigadier General Stark.
                                   Cohnawaga, 3d of June, 1778

     Sir‑‑We were this day at the fort at Johnstown, with a few invalids, and about six o'clock of said evening, one Philip Pellet, an old servant of Major Fonda, who is a worthy man, came and informed us that about half way between Sagondawa and Johnstown he saw about one hundred Indians, painted, in the woods, near his house. He also says he knew some tories who were there, who took George Cook and his son prisoners, together with Charles Maresius and several others; and as we were busy swearing to this purpose, two other expresses arrived at the fort, who said the Indians were busy destroying all before them in that part of the country, and were then near Johnstown; upon which we thought proper to go home and bring our families into Cohnawaga church, having only seven armed men to defend that fort. All our militia have gone to the relief of those at Cobuskill and Cherry Valley, on the German flats. We are only about ten men strong in the church, with about one hundred women and children, and expect to be attacked this night by the best accounts we can get. For God's sake, send reinforcements, or I am afraid we shall fall an easy prey to the enemy; and we are also much afraid that some of our neighbors will act against us.
     We are, your most obed't serv'ts,

                      FREDERICK FISHER
                      ZEPHENIAH BATCHELLOR
                      JAMES VEDER
                      THOMAS ROMEYN
                      C.F.M. ADAMS
                      JELLIS FONDA

Received at Albany, June 4, 1778

SOURCE: MEMOIR AND OFFICIAL CORRESPONDENCE OF GEN. JOHN STARK, CALEB STARK,     CONCORD, 186O, pp 158-159.

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