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174 burgoyne's proclamation.
I speak as men do in a passion
To give my speech the more impression.
If any should so harden'd be,
As to expect impunity,
Because procul a fulmine,
I will let loose the dogs of Hell,
Ten thousand Indians, who shall yell,
And foam and tear, and grin and roar,
And drench their moccasins in gore ;
To these I'll give full scope and play
From Ticonderog to Florida ;
They'll scalp your heads, and kick your shins,
And rip your------, and flay your skins,
And of your ears be nimble croppers, And make your thumbs tobacco-stoppers. If after all these loving warnings, My wishes and my bowels' yearnings, You shall remain as deaf as adder, Or grow with hostile rage the madder, I swear by George, and by St. Paul I will exterminate you all. Subscrib'd with my manual sign To test these presents, John Burgoyne.