|Sir||Devonshire Square 28 Novemr 1785|
I beg pardon for troubling you on a very disagrable Subject, but not being able to procure a sufficient Information in any other manner, I must request the favor of Yr Ex Information & is if it is true, the Report circulated here, of a Party of Indians, having about the 29th: July last fallen on a few Settlers at Great Kanhave’s, & having there Scalp’t five Persons, amongst which were
Mr: Jean Duval Senator of the Districht of Monongholie & the Ohio
& Mr: Galatin who was known as a french Gentn (tho born at Geneve, from which Place he about a Year back, on the troubles in that Town, went to Settle in America.
An Uncle’s of this Gentn: is very uneasy, & it will be doing him a friendly act, to let Us know, if Yr. Ex: knows if it is true, & if Mr Galatin is one of those unfortunate Persons, the Name was Spelt Galatan in an Article of 15 Augt: from New York—but differs you See but one Letter, I fear therefore it is So. The favor of a Line in answer at Your leisure directed as hereunder will oblige / sir Yr: Ex / Most obt Humb: Servt
Chas Van Notten