Great Britain Indian Department Collection, 1753-1795

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Great Britain Indian Department Collection, 1753-1795
The Great Britain Indian Department Collection, 1753-1795, documents British interactions with Native Americans in New York, Pennsylvania, and Ohio, with some material relating to South Carolina, Michigan, and Virginia. Official documents include passes for Native American travelers, speeches to and from Native American groups, copies of treaties, and reports and correspondence relative to diplomacy, peace efforts, and military affairs. Materials relay information on boundary disputes, prisoner exchanges, crimes committed against both American settlers and Native Americans, and Native American distress over land infringements.

Harmful Language Statement: As you read documents in this collection, you may encounter language that is culturally insensitive or derogatory towards Native Americans. This language is not endorsed by the library, but access to the original materials is provided for the purposes of historical research.

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James Burd and Thomas McKee DS to the Six Nations, Delawares, and Muncies, June 10, 1763; Hunters Mill

James Burd and Thomas McKee DS to the Six Nations, Delawares, and Muncies, June 10, 1763; Hunters Mill

A speech by Colonel Burd to the Six Nations, Delawares, and the Muncies of the North-East and West Branch of the Susquehannah. Under the orders of James Hamilton and William Johnson, Burd and McKee are appointed to remove any white settlers on the land at Wyoming against His Majesty's measures. A...

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John Johnston ALS to John Butler, October 1777; "Senake Country," "Connatasage"

John Johnston ALS to John Butler, October 1777; "Senake Country," "Connatasage"

On the status of a man named Mr. Butler, was supposed to have been executed. The Chiefs of the Six Nations report that Butler was not executed, but was instead removed to Albany with other prisoners. Oneidas provided news of damage to Fort Stanwix, dead and injured, and the death of a pregnant...

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John Johnston ALS to [Guy Johnson?], April 1, 1779; "Connatasage"

John Johnston ALS to [Guy Johnson?], April 1, 1779; "Connatasage"

Rebel alliances with Indians. Exchange of prisoners of war--Onandagos, Mohawks, and Oneidas with the Senecas, Cayugas and Rebels. Discussions between General Clinton and Captain Butler on the prisoners and the movements of Rebels near Albany. Mentions the influence of the French on the Indians to...

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John Wetherhead LS to Guy Johnson, September 29, 1774; New York

John Wetherhead LS to Guy Johnson, September 29, 1774; New York

Letter concerning Benjamin Roberts. Includes extracted text from a letter by Stephen Kimble, Boston, on September 12, 1774, discussing "Robert's Conduct in seizing the Rum at Michilmackinak." Wetherhead asks for the assistance of Mr. Robinson, the Treasury Secretary. Requests assistance in his...

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Major Snake, Cap[tai]n Johnny, Tho[ma]s Snake, and Chiaxy DS Copy to [Colonel McKee], March 20, 1785; Shawanese Town

Major Snake, Cap[tai]n Johnny, Tho[ma]s Snake, and Chiaxy DS Copy to [Colonel McKee], March 20, 1785; Shawanese Town

Message of the Shawanese and Mingoes to Colonel McKee, discussing the sale of a piece of land, "Mouth of Little Beaver Creek," by the Wendats [Hurons] and Delawares to the Americans. Belts delivered last spring by the Maycachay. Cheaxy desires that McKee will visit Niagara. Concerns that the...

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Manuscript "Minutes of Sir W[illia]m Johnsons Congress with the Indians…", July 8, 1764; Niagara.0001.009

Manuscript "Minutes of Sir W[illia]m Johnsons Congress with the Indians…", July 8, 1764; Niagara.0001.009

"Minutes of Sir Wm Johnsons Congress with the Indians at Niagara from its Commencement." Sir William Johnson's first speech, with Guy Johnson acting as an interpreter, to the Six Nations (Mohawks, Oneidas, Tuscaroras, Onondagas, Cayugas, and Senecas) and the Western Nations. War is not...

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Manuscript Letter to "Mon pere" [William Johnson?], Undated; s.l.

Manuscript Letter to "Mon pere" [William Johnson?], Undated; s.l.

Letter written in phonetic French, from Indians asking to meet in Detroit for an exchange of prisoners. The Indians apologize on behalf of the Kickapoo for an error they committed. IEGOR Lot 679.

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Mr. Street Manuscript Document Copy, "Memo of the Settlements in the Indian Country", to John Johnson, [after 1791]; s.l.

Mr. Street Manuscript Document Copy, "Memo of the Settlements in the Indian Country", to John Johnson, [after 1791]; s.l.

Docket: "Mr. Street's Memo of the Settlements in the Indian Country for Sir John Johnson." Description of American Settlements made on the land of the Six Nations in Pennsylvania. The settlements lie near the Genessee River and are producing large amounts of food. IEGOR Lot 737.

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Pennsylvania (Richard Butler and John Gibson) and "Southern Senecas" Manuscript Document Copy, January 9, 1789

Pennsylvania (Richard Butler and John Gibson) and "Southern Senecas" Manuscript Document Copy, January 9, 1789

Richard Butler and John Gibson, representing Pennsylvania, with representatives of the Six Nations (Docket: "the Southern Senecas"). The treaty is divided into seven articles, defining boundaries between Pennsylvania and Indian lands. Grants American use of the Conewago River and Lake Chadaghqua...

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Rich[ar]d Butler DS Copy to Chiefs of the Five Nations, [1791]; s.l.

Rich[ar]d Butler DS Copy to Chiefs of the Five Nations, [1791]; s.l.

Copy of a speech by Butler to the Chiefs of the Five Nations. Bulter censures the Indians for not respecting the treaties made at Fort Stanwix in 1784 and Muskingum in 1789. Western tribes continue to attack the citizens. IEGOR Lot 733.

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