Article Title: Another printing of White's talk to Payne and the Seminoles.
Published in: Massachusetts Spy or Worcester Gazette
Place of Publication: Worcester, MA
Publication Date: 9/10/1800
Governor WHITE'S Talk, to the Indians. St Augustine, East Florida, July 18, 1800.
To Prince Pain Cholockochuly, Opia and other Chiefs of the Seminolia Indians.
Friends and Brothers, The talks we have held today, I wish you to make known to all your beloved
people ; you have taken me be the hand in token of your great friendship. My king, your father, has
been a good friend to you ; he has always treated you and your beloved people well, he has kept
stores where you and your beloved people could exchange your skins for every sort of clothing
necessary. This he will continue to do while you remain friendly to his subjects, and receive the talks
of his beloved men he has sent to be near you. To shew that you do so, you must send away all bad
men, who come among you with bad talks. Bowles is one, you must all be convinced of that now,
from his long promises of doing much for you, and not doing any thing ; indeed he cannot, without he
steals it from the white people, whom the king, your father, has allowed to keep stores for your
supplies and wants. He has neither money nor goods of his own. Some of your people have heard
his talks, and have come down and plundered my peoplethey have carried away four negro slaves,
these you say shall be returned ; they also carried away a family of free negroes, these you will also
return, unless they wish to remain among you. If you keep your word you will shew yourselves to be
my true friends, c.
Some of your people with a negro in company killed one of my people near townthe negro is
suspected to be the murderer; I must have satisfaction. You must remember a long time ago, when
one of our men murdered a red man, that the white man was killed to render you satisfaction. I
therefore hope, as head man of your great nation, you will deliver up to me that negro fellow. You
have promised me no more mischief should be done, either by you now present, or any of your
brethren. If you faithfully fulfil this promise, with all the others made me today, we shall remain as
sincere friends as we ever have been. You must keep back all small parties, who wish to come here
and plunder. My subjects have suffered so much from such people that they are now all under arms
to defend their property, and I should be very sorry indeed if any of my red brethren should get killed,
but I hope they will take their talks with mine, and be advised not to adhere to the talks of that bad
man Bowles, and every friendship that formerly existed between you, the great king, your father, his
beloved men and subjects, will continue on as usual, by which means your trade will flourish, and
your old people and yourselves will never be in want.
(Signed) H. WHITE.