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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Salmon Ashton Ms. Account to Richard Sheppard and John Sheppard, January 14, 1758; s.l.

Salmon Ashton Ms. Account to Richard Sheppard and John Sheppard, January 14, 1758; s.l.

Bill--debts owed by John and Richard Sheppard for the drawing up of leases, bills, and bonds. Includes entry for "drawing a Special Bond from sd. John & Richard to Willm. Appley to pay 10£: A Year to Rebecca Sheppard if she should survive the sd. James her Husband." IEGOR Lot 606.

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Shawanese and Delawares Manuscript Letter Copy to "Father", June 11, 1792; Grand Glaize

Shawanese and Delawares Manuscript Letter Copy to "Father", June 11, 1792; Grand Glaize

Speech of the Shawanese and Delawares to "Father" in Detroit; plan to lay siege to Fort Jefferson; request for supplies. True Copy, signed by Thomas Duggan. IEGOR Lot 739.

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Silas Charles DS Copy to Cadwallader Colden, Undated; Province of New York

Silas Charles DS Copy to Cadwallader Colden, Undated; Province of New York

Copy of a petition, signed by Silas Charles with his mark, representing the Montuak tribe. Background and interactions between the British and the Montuaks--remnants of a once numerous tribe formerly on Nassau Island, now the British East Hamptons. Charles states that the Montuak tribe are...

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Tobias Shadick [Tobias Shattock] ALS to William Johnson, October 14, 1765; Charlestown, [Rhode Island]

Tobias Shadick [Tobias Shattock] ALS to William Johnson, October 14, 1765; Charlestown, [Rhode Island]

Numbers of the Narragansett Tribe are increasing, but their land is quickly diminishing. Many young men have been inclined to go to Sea and have perished. IEGOR Lot 638.

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W[illia]m Johnson 2 ADsS to Benjam[i]n Ashly, February 22, 1757; [Fort Johnson, New York] Writer Johnson, William, 1715-1774

W[illia]m Johnson 2 ADsS to Benjam[i]n Ashly, February 22, 1757; [Fort Johnson, New York] Writer Johnson, William, 1715-1774

Passport for Indians to attend the meeting at Harris Ferry. On same page: Order for Benjamin Ashly to give the Indians one or two batteau that were left at Oshgnagoc last fall by Capt. Wells. IEGOR Lot 605.

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W[illia]m Johnson Draft DS to Thomas McKee, November 1, 1762; Johnson Hall, [New York]

W[illia]m Johnson Draft DS to Thomas McKee, November 1, 1762; Johnson Hall, [New York]

Appointment of Thomas McKee as assistant deputy in the Department of Indian Affairs in the Susquehanna, allowing him to "hold Conferences, send Messages, & Treat with the Indians." A note at the bottom states that Alexander McKee was given similar jurisdiction of Ohio and the West. [With...

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W[illia]m Johnson DS to Sachems and Chiefs of the Stockbridge Indians, July 25, 1763; Johnson Hall, [New York]

W[illia]m Johnson DS to Sachems and Chiefs of the Stockbridge Indians, July 25, 1763; Johnson Hall, [New York]

"Sir William Johnson's answer to the Friendly proposals made by the Stockbridge Indians of assisting the English against their Enemies." Johnson promises to share the proposals with Jeffrey Amherst. Docket: "Entd in Vol 8th Indn Records." IEGOR Lot 618.

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[Chief Blue Coat] Manuscript Document, "Inteligence", March 26, 1790; [Buffalo Creek]

[Chief Blue Coat] Manuscript Document, "Inteligence", March 26, 1790; [Buffalo Creek]

"Inteligence received from a principal Cayuga Chief called the Blue Coat." [Intelligence]. Learned from Mr. Wemp, the Americans wish to overtake Oswego. The Indians are unsure of what the King wants them to do, and attempt to remain peaceful. Docket: Received May 6, 1790; Copy sent to...

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[Guy Johnson] Manuscript Journal, June 1, 1780 - June 13, 1780; Little Niagara

[Guy Johnson] Manuscript Journal, June 1, 1780 - June 13, 1780; Little Niagara

"Minutes" of Guy Johnson's travels from Little Niagara to French Man's Creek, Fort Erie, Buffalo River, the New Seneca Town, Catfish Creek and Kadaragaras. Meeting with the Indians at Kadaragas--Senecas, Delawares, Onondagas. On the 10th, the Indians return with prisoners. Includes list the names...

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[James Savage] Manuscript Document, Intelligence, [ca. 1750-1760]; Spencer Town, [New York]

[James Savage] Manuscript Document, Intelligence, [ca. 1750-1760]; Spencer Town, [New York]

Intelligence. James Savage, a resident of Spencer Town, 30 miles below Albany, reporting on the strength of troops, provisions, and stores near Fort Defiance. Generals Washington, "McDougold," and Clinton. References an attack by Clinton on a redoubt near Fort Defiance. Colonel Schuyler. IEGOR...

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