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Title The importance of attaching the Indian tribes to the British interest [manuscript]: essay [c.1760]
Document Type Correspondence
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Anonymous proposal, c.1760, written soon after the accession of George III to the throne of Great Britain, to ally the northern and western Indian tribes to the British cause by redressing prior injustices and conducting future relations fairly. The author outlines the grievances of the Mohawk and Oneida against the province of New York, and of the Delawares, Shawnees, and other Ohio River tribes. He uses as sources the proceedings of a Jan., 1755, Six Nations-Pennsylvania council; Conrad Weiser’s 1750 journal of a journey to Onondaga country; a July, 1754, treaty at Albany; Sept. 18, 1753, instructions from the Lords of Trade to the governor of New York; and the proceedings of a 1756 Easton, Pa., treaty conference with the western tribes. There are excerpts from speeches by Gov. Morris (Pennsylvania) and Hendrick (Mohawk chief), and of the writings of Weiser and the Lords of Trade. Includes the author’s suggestions for future action, including convening a treaty conference where Britain might accede to the Indians’ demand to contain white settlement east of the Alleghenies and settle complaints regarding fraudulent land acquisitions and fur trade improprieties. Author also discusses the activities of Sir William Johnson.
Names Johnson, Sir, William (1715-1774); Hendrick, Mohawk Chief (c.1680-1755); Morris, Robert Hunter (c.1700-1764); Weiser, Conrad (1696-1760)
Places Pennsylvania, Ohio River, New York, United States
Keywords government, government relations, governor, French and Indian Wars, treaty, speech, white settlement, squatter, fur trade, conference, council, travel, travelogue
Theme American Indians and the European Powers
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Northeast
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT oversize Ayer MS 403
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue