1733: Meeting with Shacco Will

ENO Journal
Volume 4, No. 2
1976

Many have identified Byrd’s Shacco-Will, a guide, with Eno Will, Lawson’s guide, and have pointed to this incident as symbolic of the demise of the noble savage and of the Siouan tribes.

… we sent for’an old Indian called Shacco-Will, living about seven miles off, who reckoned himself seventy-eight years old. This fellow pretended he could conduct us to a silver mine, that lies either upon Eno river, or a creek of it, not far from where the Tuscaroras once lived. But by some circumstances in his story, it seemed to be rather a lead than a silver mine. However, such as it is, he promised to go and show it to me whenever I pleased. To comfort his heart, I gave him a bottle of rum, with which he made himself very happy, and all the family very miserable by the horrible noise he made all night.

From William Byrd, Journey to the Land of Eden, 1733.

— W. K. Boyd, ed.. Dividing Line Histories, 1929.