Albany Commissioners of Indian Affairs Reports, June 1753 - May 1755

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Copies of correspondence, reports of meetings with Native American groups, and remarks on fort construction, prisoner exchange, rivalries with the French, religious evangelization, and diplomacy.

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Mohacks and Canejoho Cagnewage Indians, [illegible] [illegible line] [illegible line] [illegible line] [illegible] And When Clement Came Away he told him he Would Write it Down; But has Never Sent it to us, And as he is a Member of this Board We thought We thought that he had Transmitted it to Your Honour Long Ago.

Notwithstanding we have Now Enquired of Jacobus Clement, What Passed Between them As Your Honour Will See By the Enclosed Affidavit. As to What Passed Between us and the Mohacks We have Already Sent You Down In Our Minutes, and Know of Nothing Else.

Relating Governour Shirlies Printed Spech, Concerning his Intilligence from Augquage; the Greatest Part of Which is Chiefly the Business Wherefore We Sent Cap Teady Magin & Arent Stevins up Vide Minutes August 14th 1754, and Concerning the Batoes, We have heard that they have Been to Oneida, Cajuga And Onondage Castles, for to trade for Gin Sang Roots . . . We Shall Enquire Whether a Well Can be Sunck at the Place Were Mr: Schuiler Lived, and What Stockadoes Will Cost, and Whether there is Plenty of Stone and Lime. Inclosed You have a Plan of fort [?Massuhers] Made By One of the Man Out of that fort . . . We Shall Be Carefull About the Motions of the french, But it is Impossible that We Can Know Every Individual thing, that Pases Among the Indians, Our Interpreter Lives to a Distance, from here and Never Gives us Any Intilligence.

Enclosed You Also have A Copy of our M Minutes We Remain Your Honours Most Obedeant Humble Servants

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93 {The following was set forth along the left margin:} City of Albany ss December 28 1754 {The following began to the right of the above:} then Appeared Before me Hans Han[?sen] Esqr: Mayor. Jacobus Clement, Who Being Duly Sworn Sworn On the Holy Evangelist of the Almighty God, and on his Oath Doth Say that Som time In August Past, he Wass Sent to the Mohocks, to Accompany the Cagnewage Seachems, And Observe their treaty, With a Letter to Coll Johnson from the Commissioners of Indian Affairs, Desiring him to take Notice Also of What Passed Between them And Says he Wass Present at the Treaty. He Says that the Cagnewages Condoled the Death of of the Son of [?Nethey] the Seachen, Who Dyed at Caneda And told the Mohacks What Care they had taken of him, As Also the french Priest: how he had Buried him Into Holy Ground, and Did Not Doubt But that he Wass happy for that very Reason then gave few Strings they Said further that it Seemed as if the Road had Been full of Old trees and Sumbling Blocks, Which they Were Come to Clear: from Cagnewage to Canejoharre thereupon to Canejoharre Gave a Belt

they Said further Bretheren Since We have Cleared the Road, and Nothing Being In the Way, We Desire You that our & Your Yong People May Pass and Repass to and Again thereupon Gave a Belt

they further Said. Bretheren if You Should hear Any Bad News, We Desire You Not to take Notice of it, But Go & See from Whence it Proceed from, As We Will Do Likewise thereupon gave a Belt

the the Mohacks Replyed, By Repeating Every Paregraph of the Cagnewages; & Exchanged the Belts; And then Said that they Would Look upon the Road, and See Whether they Would keep it Clear {A line of separation follows} the Deponent Says further, that he tould Coll Johnson that he Would Write it Down Whereupon Col. Johnson Said he Would Also. the Deponent Says further that they have had Private Meetings Out of his Presence, But What Passed he Cannot Say. and further Says Not

Hans Hansen Jacobus Clement

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