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|Title||Speech [manuscript]: delivered by Little Abraham, of the Mohawks, to the magistrates and committee of Schenectady and Albany, 20 May 1775|
|Date||View date in the chronology|
|Description||From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Speech by the Mohawk chief, Abraham, to Albany and Schenectady officials, made 20 May 1775 (shortly after Concord and Lexington), regarding reports that a large body of New Englanders planned to kidnap the tribe’s superintendent, Guy Johnson (son of Sir William Johnson) and extinguish their council fire. Abraham states that his tribe would remain neutral if left alone, but warns that hostile acts would provoke a response from the entire Iroquois confederacy.|
|Names||Abraham (d. 1780); Johnson, Guy (1740-1788)|
|Places||Albany, Schenectady, New York, United States|
|Keywords||battle, war, armed forces, government relations, kidnap, hostility, Indian council, council fire, speech|
|Theme||American Indians and the European Powers; Military Encounters: Conflicts, Rebellions and Alliances|
|Tribe / Nation||Go to Tribes and Nations page|
FULL TITLE: A speech of the Mohawks to the majestrates and committee of the town of Schenectady and major corporation and committee of the city of Albany &c [manuscript] / delivered by Little Abraham, 20 May 1775.
Prominent Mohawk Chief, gifted orator, and father of Indian superintendent Sir William Johnson’s first Indian wife. Also known as Little Abraham. During the Revolution, Abraham was initially disposed toward neutrality, but his close relationship with the Johnson family was one factor that led him to support the British cause.
|Library||The Newberry Library|
|Copyright||The Newberry Library|
|Collection||The Edward E. Ayer Collection|
|Reference||VAULT box Ayer MS 6|
|Catalogue Link||The Newberry Library Catalogue|