The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959 Page: 259
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whom, after having reproached them for their ingratitude, I de-
clared that I wished to leave their place, but that they ought to
expect to be entirely destroyed by all the nations who were our
allies; that, nevertheless, in order to punish the injustice of their
war chief, I had resolved to put him to death in their presence
in order to make them know that, although we might be only a
few Frenchmen, we were not at all fearful of them.
The chiefs of these nations testified to me, with tears in their
eyes, that it was undeservedly that I accused them of so dark a
perfidy, that they had not forgotten that I was their Calumet
chief, that, very far from wishing to destroy us, they were ready
to sacrifice their lives for our service; that it was true that the
war chief had had the imprudence of holding bad talks, because
he had had some discussion with a soldier of my nation, but that
it was a young man who had talked without reflection; that what
he could have said was deciding nothing, not having any authority
among them, that the title of war chief was an honor that they
had conferred upon him, in consideration that he had killed at
the age of sixteen years two warriors of the Chicacha [Chickasaw]
nation, who had taken the scalp of his father. They prayed to
me to pardon him, which I accorded to them voluntarily, but, in
their presence, I had the soldier put in irons, who had had the
conversation with him.
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