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Title:[Letter] 1795 Sept. 29, Chickasaw Nation / Piomingo : a machine-readable transcription of an image
Author:Opy Omingo

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Date: September 29, 1795
Extent: 4p
Summary:This document is a copy of a letter, dated September 29, 1795, by Chickasaw chief Piomingo (indicated in this letter as Opy Omingo and Opoia mingo) that was written to General James Robertson and sent to Colonel David Henley. Piomingo wrote this letter as a plea to the United States government for assistance. Hostility existed between the Chickasaws and the Creeks, and the letter described an attack by the Creek on the Chickasaw Nation. Although the Chickasaw were able to hold off and defeat the Creek, they endured considerable losses. Piomingo urged Robertson to think of Chickasaws as the brothers of Americans and that brothers should want to help each other in times of need. The Chickasaw chief asked for troops and provisions to be sent to his nation.
Collection: Henley Papers

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Chickasaw Nation September 29th 1795
My Friend & Brother

This is to inform you that the people who come against us when you was here. come against us again with their Sharp weapons. when you was here none of us went after them. & there was no blood Spilt. but it is not the case now. I have lost Some of my warriors and Spilt a great deel [deal] of Blood. there was a good many guns fired. but [unclear: my (document damaged) ] times was not come. I am Still alive. there is Blood Spilt but not so much as to run. I told you when I Saw you last that I never expected to see you. I [unclear: write (document damaged) ] you to let you know how times is. I am alive as yet but I have no Case of my life. I have sent you [unclear: (document damaged) ] talk for you to set down and think of. and to let me know. how things is to be. I told you when you was here now you may plainly See there [their] Intentions. they were not hear [here] to any thing [anything] that is good. but if is bad they will liston [listen] & open there [their] ears — you told me that it would be good times. but we Sat Still and did not go and hunt them. they come to our Towns & we turn out and fought them like men. and drove them from where they came with a considerable loss, I send you this [unclear: letter (document damaged) ] to think of as a brother. if you think any thing [anything] of your Brothers you will Send one or two Hundred of your warriors to help your brothers hold to their Land. I expect they will come. if you find it [added: not] in your heart we must

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[unclear: do (document damaged) ] our indeavours [endeavors] to live as long as we can I expect we Shall have hard fighting until the weather [added: water] rises high If your men Should come let them fetch their guns and long Sword and pistols as you are a people that Can make them, if you think any thing [anything] of your brothers [unclear: and (document damaged) ] Send men to assist us. to send a boat with provisions to the Bluffs and the rest come by land as provisions is dear here. and the provisions can be packed in from the Bluffs _ I have lost my Son in law [son-in-law] & William Nash and another warrior out of my town one woman. the whole that was killed was Six warriors & one Woman There came about one thousand creeks [Creeks] in order to take the nation. they camp in the edge of the woods on the back of Colberts Fort to the west of the Town. they brought with white people with them & Brought their drums and amunition [ammunition] for a long Seage [Siege] there was a great number of them on horse back [horseback] in the morning they killed a woman Just below Colbert Fort along the Big Town path, with that they advanced against Colberts Fort in a half moon their lines extended a half mile. we met them & Gave them battle and beat them Back. and as they Gave Back Big Town came on their backs and they were all mixed through other and that put them to the [unclear: Loute ] and we fought them about five miles they threw away all there [their]

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Baggage and went home in there [their] flaps. they threw away there [their] provisions Blanket kittles [kettles] boots & every thing [everything] they had with them. we winged them on each Side with our horse & our foot brought up the rear. we found twenty four [twenty-four] of them dead and a number that we did not find and a number [added: was wounded] that we Saw on their retreat there was not the half of our nation in action. If you Send your men to assist me you may think that the Spanards [Spaniards] wont [won't] allow of it but dont [don't] think it for I shall send to them not to interupt any thing [interrupt anything] that comes nor the people that come for it is my request that you Should come there, if you Send a boat it will not be interupted [interrupted]

So no more But remains
your Friend & Brother
Opy omingo
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Chickesaw [Chickasaw] Nation Sept. [September] 22 — 1795 Opoia mingo s
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