Reporting of the Wyoming Massacre in Northeast Pennsylvania.
P O U G H K E E P S I E, ''July to. Since. cur la, many of the dift're fed Refugees from, the , Wyoming fcttlwncnt tn tht Sufquehannahx who efcapsd the general majfacre of the inhabit ants, have pajled this way, from whom ie have colled ed the following ac count, viz. PREVIOUS to the'narrative, it may. be necef - fary to inform forae of cur readers', that this fet - tlemeaf was made by the people of Connecticut an a grant of lands purchafed by the inhabitants of that colony, under fanclion of the government, of the Indian proprietors; and that thefe lands falling Mvithia the limits of the Pen nfylvahia claim, a dJpute concerning the right j has arifen, between the two governments, and proceeded to frequent acls of hoftility. When it was at a heighth that threatened the difturbance of the other governments, Congrefs interpofed, by whofe recommendation and authority, the decifion of the dif - pute wasfu'pended, till that with Great Britain, equally ly interefiing to every American State, was concluded, when there might be more lei fare to attend to the other, and confider the juftice of each claim: On this footing the difpute has lain dormant for two or three years ; the inhabitants lived happily and the lettlements increafedj confifting of eight townfhips, viz Lackewana, Exeter,. Kingfton, Wilkefborough, Plymouth, Nanticoak, Htintington, and Salem, each containing five miles fquarc. The fix lower toWnfhips were pretty full ofinhabiranrs, the two upper, ones had comparatively but few, thinly fcattcrcd. The lands are exceeding good, beautifully fituated along both fides of the Sufquehanna, navigable for flat:bottomed boats, and produced immenfe quantities of grain of all forts, toots, fruits, hemp flax, kc. and ftock of all kinds in abaodance. The fetilement had lately fup. plied the Continental army with 3000 bufhels of grain, and the ground was loaded with the moft promifing crops of every kind. The fettlement included upwards of a thoufand families, which had furnifiicd our array with a thoufand foldiers, befides the garrifons of four forts, in the townftiips of. Lbckewana, Exeter, King - ;. ftoa and Wilkefbury. - One of 'thefe fprti was gahi - fooed by upwards of four, hundred fotdiers, . chiefly of the militia, the principal officetsin which were Colonels Dennifon, and Zebulon Butler. - ;. : , The Tories and Indians had given fome difturbance 1 to thefe fctilemenrs - "'ear, before Gen.'Harlterner's . battle at Oneida Cr ?r Fort Stanwia, and our fkirmifhes foon zftu parties of the enemy at and i near Schohary, . whcithe were difperfed and'the Tories concealed themfelvcs a.uong cur different (et - . '