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330 THE INDIAN ADVOCATE.
sent into the country of Pontiac to drive the French from it. Being informed of his approach, Pontiac sent word to him to wait until he came to him. The major waited, and when Pontiac came, that chief asked him why he entered his domin ions without permission. The major answered that he came not against the natives but the French; and at the same time gave the chief several belts of wampum; whereupon Pontiac replied, "I stand in the path you travel until to-morrow mor ning." By this was meant that he must not proceed until the next morning. Upon an offer of the Indian, Major Rog ers bought a large quantity of parched corn, and other provis ions. The next day Pontiac offered him every facility for the undertaking. Messengers were sent to the different tribes to assure them that the English had his permission tO pass through the country, and he even accompanied the major and troops as far as Detroit. He was noted for the desire of knowledge, and while the English were in his country, he was very curious in examining their arms, clothes, &c, and expressed a wish to go to England. He said that he would allow white settlements within his domains; and was willing to call the king of England uncle but not master. He further told the soldiers that they must behave themselves peaceably while in his country, or he would stop the way. Pontiac had distinguished himself at Detroit and Michil im.ackinac;,,,. When the French gave up Canada (1760), their Itndjan allies still preserved their hatred towards the English, and as Pontiac was the most considerable enemy of that na tion, the adjacent tribes all came to him as a support against them. Pontiac had advanced farther in civilization than any of the neighbouring chiefs: he appointed a commissary during the war of 1763, called Pontiac's war, and issued bills of credit, on each of which was pictured the thing desired, and .the.figure.of an otter, the symbol of his tribe. In 1763 Major Rogers sent a bottle of brandy to him, which Pontiac was counselled not to drink, as it probably contained poison. But with the greatest magnanimity he exclaimed, "It is not in his power to kill him who has so lately saved his life."