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|Title||Letter [manuscript]: Housatunuck [i.e. Housatonic], [Mass.], to Reverand Nehemiah Bull, Westfield, Mass., 1734/35 Feb. 5|
|Date||View date in the chronology|
|Description||From the Newberry Library Catalogue: February 5, 1734/35, letter written by a third party for Konkapot and Umpachenee, addressed to Westfield minister Nehemiah Bull, and intended also for Rev. Stephen Williams of Deerfield. Konkapot and Umpachenee inform Bull and Williams, who had been active in bringing the Christian mission to the Housatonics, that following the council, members of their tribe had been poisoned by other Indians. They also report that the other Mohicans "hate us for what we have Done: but we Don't intend to give out".|
|Names||Bull, Nehemiah (1701-1758); Umpachenee, Chief; Williams, Stephen (1693-1782)|
|Places||Stockbridge, Westfield, Massachusetts, New England, United States|
|Keywords||British North America, tribal government, missionary, Christianity, murder, council, religion, clan war|
|Theme||Missionaries and Education; American Indians and the European Powers|
|Tribe / Nation||Go to Tribes and Nations page|
Leader, with Umpachenee, of the Housatonic tribe of Mohicans of southwest Massachusetts. In January, 1734/35, a general council of several Mahican tribes met to ratify the decision of Konkapot and Umpachenee to allow the establishment of a Christian mission by John Sergeant (at Stockbridge under the auspices of the Company for Propagation of the Gospel). In the festivities that followed the council, drunken participants scorned the Housatonic’s decision to adopt English ways. When several members of the tribe, including Umpachenee’s family, fell ill and two died, the Housatonics believed they had been poisoned.
On verso: address, and also bibliographical notes, presumably by Nehemiah Bull.
|Library||The Newberry Library|
|Copyright||The Newberry Library|
|Collection||The Edward E. Ayer Collection|
|Reference||VAULT box Ayer MS 205|
|Catalogue Link||The Newberry Library Catalogue|