Tachnechdorus (aka Tachnedorus or James Logan, commonly just Logan) lived through the middle six decades of the 1700s in what was to become the eastern United States. A
Cayuga Indian, Tachnechdorus is important because of a speech he sent to Lord Dunmore lamenting the brutality with which his people were treated. The speech, known as
Logan's Lament, is one of the first examples of the politicization of American Indian issues.
I appeal to any white man to say, if ever he entered Logan's cabin hungry, and he gave him not meat; if ever he came cold and naked, and he clothed him not? During the course of
the last long and bloody war, Logan remained idle in his cabin, an advocate for peace. Such was my love for the whites, that my countrymen pointed as they passed, and said, 'Logan
is the friend of the white men.' I had even thought to have lived with you, but for the injuries of one man. Col. Cresap, the last spring, in cold blood, and unprovoked, murdered
all the relations of Logan, not sparing even my women and children. There runs not a drop of my blood in the veins of any living creature. This called on me for revenge. I have
sought it: I have killed many: I have fully glutted my vengeance. For my country, I rejoice at the beams of peace. But do not harbour a thought that mine is the joy of fear. Logan
never felt fear. He will not turn on his heel to save his life. Who is there to mourn for Logan? -- Not one.
Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia, page 63, University Of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, 1955.
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