Type Letter
Date 1775-01-20

Letter from James Madison to William Bradford, Jr., 1775-01-20

Madison quotes some text attributed to Logan which, Wikipedia informs me, was printed in newspapers at the time. In part:

Col. Cressop, the last spring, in cold blood and unprovoked, cut off 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 human creature. This called on me for revenge. I have sought it; I have killed many; I have fully glutted my vengence. For my country I rejoice at the beams of peace; but do not harbor a thought that mine is the joy of fear.

This text may have been an invention, however. The incident referred to is the Yellow Creek massacre.

On a related note, Wikipedia also displays an image of a monument to Logan, erected in 1919:

A stone monument dedicated to Logan.

It reads, in part:

This tribute to Logan was erected in 1919 by the descendants of the pioneers of this community--a tribute from civilization to a noble man of a savage race.

Name Role
James Madison Author
William Bradford, Jr. Recipient