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Speech of the Shawanoes, Kikapoos & Winibiegoes, delivered by [Tecumseh] [...]


Fathers & Brothers! We will now in a few words declare to You our whole hearts - If we hear of the Big Knives coming towards our villages to speak peace, we will receive them; but if We hear of any of our people being hurt by them, or if they unprovokedly advance against us in a hostile manner, be assured we will defend ourselves like men.- And if we hear of any of our people having been killed, We will immediately send to all the Nations on or towards the Mississippi, and all this Island will rise as one man - Then Father and Brothers it will be impossible for You or either of You to restore peace between us.

Speech made by Tecumseh on June 8, 1812