CANANDAIGUA, AUG. 31.-We have had a conversation with a gentleman of respectability, lately from Fort George; the following is the amount of his intelligence;
Our troops are sickly at the Fort, and their sickness is increasing. The friendly Indian Chiefs at the Fort are dissatisfied with General Boyd’s conduct, and reproach the regular troops with want of courage, in not assisting their Indians in the skirmish at the outposts, on the 17th and 18th inst.
Sheaffe has collected 4000 regulars and a large number of Indians, and is hourly expected to appear before Fort George. It is reported, that a large number of (4 or 5000) Indians from the N.W. Wilds, who have come from a point so distant from the reach of civilization, as to have no ideas of a fire arm, have entered Canada and offered their services to the British General.-Two of our armed vessels lay at Niagara, and are effectually prevented from co-operating with our fleet. The sailing-master of the Scourge and one seaman, after going down in that vessel and remaining long under water, came up to the surface, and to the astonishment of the crew of an enemy’s vessel, laying near, were discovered trying to buoy themselves on the surface by catching hold of a spar. They were taken off by the enemy, and while going down by land to Little York, under a guard, escaped and got over to our side with the greatest difficulty. While passing down as prisoners, (says our informant) just at dusk, they ran from the guard, and jumping into a thicket of thornbushes, &c. remained concealed, and head the officer’s order, (who swore that no second Chapin trick should be played) to find and bring them back at any hazard. The country was patrolled in every direction, especially along the Lake for 20 or 30 miles.—Notwithstanding the hunt was vigilant, they eluded pursuit, and eventually effected their escape.
Published the Boston Weekly Messenger-September 10, 1813.