Head Quarters, Sandwich, U.C.
30th Sept. 1813.
The Ottawas and Chippewas have withdrawn from the British, and have sent in three of their warriors to beg for peace, promising to agree to any terms that I shall prescribe. I have agreed to receive them upon condition of their giving hostages for their fidelity, and immediately joining us with all their warriors. The Wyandots, Miamies, and the band of Delawares, which had joined the enemy, are also desirous to be received upon the same terms.
The celebrated chief Main Pock is at the head of the hostile band on the Detroit side of the Streight. Tecumseh heads that which remains with the British. The inhabitants of Detroit who were in daily communication with them, make the former from 1000 to 1200. Their object in dividing their force, was to make a night attack upon the part of the army which crossed over to Detroit, or that which remained on this side, by a junction of their force some miles above.
A detachment of the army, and some of the vessels of war, will set out for the reduction of Mackinac and St. Joseph’s, in a few days.
I have the honor to be, with great respect, sir, your obedient servant.
WILLIAM H. HARRISON.
Hon. John Armstrong, Sec’ry of War.
Published in the Boston Weekly Messenger-October 22, 1813.