Choptank and Amos Ogden Manuscript Document and ANS to English Deputies, August 12, 1767; Nanticoke

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Reply from Choptank in the name of the Nanticoke Indians, describing the turmoil that the selling of their land would bring to his people. Offers the deputies supplies for their travels home. Choptank's speech is followed by a signed note by Amos Ogden, stating that Choptank's answer may have been influenced by Colonel Loyd, who wishes to remain in a good relationship with the Indians. IEGOR Lot 658.

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Brothers.

We learn from you that you have come a great way to see us, and we think it right to tell you that we are obliged and thank you for this friendly visit.

Brothers,

You see we are not rich, but we have some Tenants, who pays us for the use of our Lands; these lands you desire us to sell, and go with you. but we can't tell that this would be so well, as we live comfortably upon the Rents of our Lands, but if we part with our Lands and go with you, we shall have nobody to work for us, as our Tenants do, and our old people cannot hunt nor make Corn, and we are fearful that these old people wou'd starve if they go into a strange land.

Brothers-

For these Reasons we cannot sell our Lands, but if we were willing to sell our Lands we do not know that we cou'd sell them , or that in Justice we ought to do it. Our forefathers held these Lands as long as Death wou'd let them live, when Death took our forefathers away, they left these same Lands to their Children, and said, live upon them, and your Children as long as You and any of your Children is alive; We have follow'd their advice which we find has been good and therefore untill our Brothers of the Six Nations can shew us that it will be for our Benefit to remove, we cannot think of deserting our Town.

Brothers

We are told by you, that you have come a great Distance to see us, we are very glad to see you and shake Hands with You; We welcome you once more to our Town, It pains us to think how far you have travelled, and what pain you must have been put in, especially if your Money did not hold out. Of this Brothers we

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desire to know, and if you will want a Supply to carry you back. The Lands we have some of them being Rented brings us in some Money if you do want and will let us know, we will spare you what we can to make your Journey Home comfortable {unclear punctuation} And we will think well of your Talk and try how warm it will be to our Hearts; and if we find that it will make us strong and young, and make us able to take a Journey to your Town and to General Johnson, we will send to you to tell you of it. We wish you well.

Bothers we wish you well, and hope you will meet your friends well.

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This is the Choptank answer~ Or - Reather one Con.ll Loyd, Who they aply'd Too for his advise- as he [?ever?] intends great friendship, to these Indians- but notwithstanding his [?Pottisey?], their Will Seem Part of them. Return. With the [?Peartey?]- The Nanticokes, are all [?Unamis or Unanimous?], to Remove and . the Greattest. If, not all, the Snow Hill Tribe

Amos Ogden

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August 12, 1767 Nanticokes answers to the Deputys sent from [?Hence or Nence?] also a letter from Cap.t Amos Ogden [Ansrd] [?7br. or July?] 9th 1767

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