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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"Extract of a Letter", [1759?]; Shippensburg

"Extract of a Letter", [1759?]; Shippensburg

"Extract of a Letter from Shippensburg." Reporting on the Five Nations and their efforts to encourage the Shawanese, Delawares, Cherokees, and other neighboring tribes to aid the French against the British in the Ohio Valley. True Copy, signed by William Alexander. IEGOR Lot 609.

4 pages: 100% transcribed
Albany Commissioners of Indian Affairs Reports, June 1753 - May 1755

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

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.

128 pages: 98% transcribed, 59% needs review
Alex[ande]r Cameron Letter Extract to [John] Stuart, May 10, 1766; Fort Prince George, [South Carolina]

Alex[ande]r Cameron Letter Extract to [John] Stuart, May 10, 1766; Fort Prince George, [South Carolina]

Extract from a letter regarding the Cherokee boundary lines in Virginia, and North and South Carolina. Disputes over where the line should be drawn, on account of Cherokee hunting grounds. Issues with Indians further north; Guy Johnson attempts to prevent the Cherokees and the Creeks from...

4 pages: 100% transcribed
B[enjamin] Roberts ALS to William Johnson, December 24, 1766; Niagara

B[enjamin] Roberts ALS to William Johnson, December 24, 1766; Niagara

Expresses concerns about his interpreter being detained by Captain Brown. Frazier, Mr. Paynton, and DeCoagne. Roberts also writes that though Capt. Brown writes polite letters but fails to enact anything he promises. Smuggling: Fort Erie, Little Niagara, Detroit, Michilimackinac. Interpreter of...

4 pages: 100% transcribed, 50% needs review
B[enjamin] Roberts ALS to William Johnson, December 3, 1766; Niagara

B[enjamin] Roberts ALS to William Johnson, December 3, 1766; Niagara

Benjamin Roberts reporting on the burning of the ship "Victory Schooner," suspected to have been accomplished by Indians. Copies the text of a report he submitted to Capt. Brown. Offers his personal opinion on the incident. Additional note on cover: "I hear from some Squaws that a party of...

4 pages: 100% transcribed, 25% needs review
B[enjamin] Roberts ALS to William Johnson, September 18, 1766; Niagara

B[enjamin] Roberts ALS to William Johnson, September 18, 1766; Niagara

Discontent with Captain Brown's management of affairs, related to his farms in the Lower Town. A court of inquiry held that soldiers are not to live among the traders. Concerns about the fire danger of a quantity of hay. Capt. Brown insists on seeing any Indian that comes to Niagara. All traders...

4 pages: 100% transcribed, 25% needs review
Chiefs of the Seven Nations LS Copy to [George Washington], October 2, 1795; Fort George, New York

Chiefs of the Seven Nations LS Copy to [George Washington], October 2, 1795; Fort George, New York

Speech requesting that ancestrial land in New York be returned to them. Plan to send a delegation to address Congress. Eight Chief's names, including Ona sa te gen, signed with his mark. IEGOR Lot 741.

4 pages: 100% transcribed, 75% needs review
Chiefs of the Shawanese, Mingoes, Delawares, and Cherokees Manuscript Document, "At Council held at Wakitunikee", May 18, 1785

Chiefs of the Shawanese, Mingoes, Delawares, and Cherokees Manuscript Document, "At Council held at Wakitunikee", May 18, 1785

"Council held at Wakitunikee May 18th 1785. By the Chiefs of the Shawanese, Mingoes, Delawares, & Cherokees." Captain Wolf and a group of hunters disover white men on their side of the Ohio. Captain Wolf speaks for the Delawares and delivers John Crawford to answer for the Virginians who have...

4 pages: 100% transcribed
Choptank and Amos Ogden Manuscript Document and ANS to English Deputies, August 12, 1767; Nanticoke

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

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...

4 pages: 100% transcribed, 75% needs review
Colonel Butler, Mohawks, and Oneidas Manuscript Document to Onondagas, March 29, 1779; Niagara

Colonel Butler, Mohawks, and Oneidas Manuscript Document to Onondagas, March 29, 1779; Niagara

Speech respecting the movement of the Council Fire, as the rebels have taken their land. Wishes the tree planted at the Council Fire be removed and planted at the new location of the Fire--at a site chosen by the Cayuga and Seneca. Requests that all furnishings from the Council House be brought...

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