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Title Speech of Gayashuta an ancient chief of the Seneca Nation on the borders of Pennsylvania [manuscript]…
Author Guyasuta (c.1720-1795)
Date
Document Type Correspondence
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Message to the descendents of William Penn, the Quakers of Philadelphia, requesting their assistance for himself and "thirty men of your old friends, who unable to provide for themselves or to help one another, are become poor and are hungry and naked".
Places Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Keywords Quaker, Christianity, religion, chief, poverty
Theme Missionaries and Education
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Northeast
Additional Information

FULL TITLE: Speech of Gayashuta an ancient chief of the Seneca Nation on the borders of Pennsylvania [manuscript]: as given in charge by him to one of the Sachems of that nation in the year 1790, to be delivered to the Friends of Philadelphia, 1790.

Seneca chief generally regarded as having made sincere efforts to prevent warfare. A participant in the peace conferences at Montreal, Fort Pitt, and Fort Stanwix, Guyasuta was initially neutral during the Revolutionary War, and then a reluctant supporter of the British. After the conflict Gayashuta resided near Fort Pitt; by 1790 he was destitute.

Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT Ayer MS 317
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue