I WAS ft rongly-urged to publifb the following work, immediately 3fter my return from captivity, which was nearly forty years ago but, as at that time the Americans were fo little acquain-. ted with Indian affairs, I apprehended a great part of it would be viewed as fable or romance.
As the Indians never attempted to prevent me either from reading or writing, I kept a Journal, which I rerifed fhdrtly after my return from captivity, and which I have kept ever fmce : and as I have had but a moderate Englifh education, have been advifed to employ fome perfon of liberal education to tranferibe and ernbellifti it but believing that nature always outfhines art, have thought, that occurrences truly and plainly Hated, as they happened, would make the befl hjf-tory, be better underftood, and moft entertaining.
In the different Indian fpeeches copied into this work, I have hot only imitated their own ftyle, or mpde of fpeakjng, but have alfo preferved the ideas mean to be communicated in thofe fpeeches In common converfation, I have ufed my own ftyle, but preferved their ideas. The principal advantage.that I expect will refult to the public, from the publication of the following fheets, is the observations on the Indian mode of ivaifare. Experience has taught the Americans the neceffity of adopting their mode, and the more perfect we are in that mode, the, better we fhall be able to defend ourfelvesVagainlt them, when defence is necefTary,
. JAME&. $MITH.
Bourbon Comity, June 1st, 1799.