I was reading In the Days of Poor Richard by Irving Bacheller (the full book can be viewed here). At the beginning of the book, there is a long paragraph describing the main character that goes like this:
The first time I saw the boy, Jack Irons, he was about nine years old. I was in Sir William Johnson's camp of magnificent Mohawk warriors at Albany. Jack was so active and successful in the games, between the red boys and the white, that the Indians called him 'Boiling Water.'
Though no date is given, I think the scenario being described in this quote is set in the middle of the 18th century, judging by the name Sir William Johnson. The quote seems to indicate that the Mohawk people and the colonists cohabited well with each other, to the point of letting their children play with each other, and interacting with them.
This detail directly contradicts with what I know (or think I know) about the relationship between Native Americans and colonists during the 18th century. I did some searching around the Internet and all I found was confirmation of what I already know. According to this website and this website, the Native Americans and the colonists did have a good relationship with each other in the 1600s, but over time, the relationship gradually went sour due to various reasons such as diseases brought by the colonists and bloody conflicts. By the 18th century, the Native Americans had already developed trust issues with the colonists and vice versa, as echoed in a few paragraphs later of In the Days of Poor Richard (this is a description of another character named Solomon).
He had been the best scout in the army of Sir Jeffrey Amherst. As a small boy he had been captured by the Senecas and held in the tribe a year and two months. Early in the French and Indian War, he had been caught by Algonquins and tied to a tree and tortured by hatchet throwers until rescued by a French captain. After that his opinion of Indians had been, probably, a bit colored by prejudice.
I'm very conflicted about these details, since the book claims to base itself on "old letters, diaries, and newspaper clippings in the possession of a well-known American family", which implies that the author did careful research for the book he wrote. So my question is: is the detail of the Native Americans getting along with the colonists described in In the Days of Poor Richard historically accurate?