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Major Butterfield's testimony respecting a breach of the Convention at the Cedars. [1776-06] [S5-V1-p0165] [Document Details][Complete Volume]


Major Butterfield' s testimony respecting a breach of the Convention at the Cedars

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Major BUTTERFIELD' S Testimony respecting a breach of the Convention at the CEDARS.

The savages did plunder the prisoners of almost all their clothes, beginning their pillage and plunder the evening we surrendered, but plundered us chiefly after Major Sherburne was taken. Captain Forster being acquainted with it, said it was not in his power to prevent it.

I believe Captain Forster and the other officers did not induce the savages to take any of the prisoners, but exerted themselves to redeem and rescue the prisoners out of their hands. I did not hear the Indians say that Captain Forster promised them all the plunder. Some of the prisoners said that they heard some of the Indians say that Captain Forster promised them all the plunder.

As to what number of prisoners the savages have taken or murdered, I am under a disadvantage of not knowing, by not seeing the last party that came in. They murdered one of my party the eighth day after we were taken. Have taken with them several young lads, and all the blacks, also one young child from one of the women. Of the whole number I cannot assert as yet what are killed and carried away by them.

There were nine Canadian soldiers, and one Lieutenant, a Canadian. Captain Forster did refuse to exchange them with the rest of the prisoners. He said it was not in his power to release them, signifying that they were liable to be treated as deserters from the King' s troops by their taking up arms against their own military laws and Government. Did likewise carry the soldiers away in irons, and the Lieutenant with a guard. The number of prisoners taken with me

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were, according to my best knowledge, three hundred and ninety.

Test: ISAAC BUTTERFIELD.

Montreal, June, 1776.


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