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Title Treaty proceedings [manuscript]: Easton, Pa., 1777 Jan. 30-Feb. 6
Author United States Continental Congress
Document Type Official Record; Treaty
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Incomplete copy of the proceedings of a treaty conference held at the German church in Easton, Pa., on Jan. 30, 1777, betweeen representatives of the Continental Congress and Six Nations. Proceedings are written, signed, and dated Feb. 6, 1777, by Thomas Paine, secretary to the commission. Document lists participants and contains speeches by Captain Johnston of the Senecas, representing the Six Nations, and a commissioner, professing friendship and discussing gifts. Also postscript regarding the Indians’ need of a blacksmith.
Names Paine, Thomas (1737-1809); Taylor, George (1716-1781); Walton, George (c.1749-1804); Johnston, Captain
Places Easton, Pennsylvania, United States
Keywords treaty, government, government relations, Continental Congress, speech, commissioner, Six Nations, US War of Independence, chief
Theme American Indians and the US Government
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Northeast
Additional Information On Jan. 30, 1777, commissioners George Walton and George Taylor, who were also delegates to the Continental Congress, entered into a treaty with the Six Nations (representatives of the Seneca, Cayuga, Munsee, Conoy, and Nanticoke tribes). On Feb. 27, 1777, the Committee on Indian Affairs of the Continental Congress disapproved the agreement, ruling that neither party had the authority to conclude a treaty, and referred the matter to the commissioner of Indian affairs in the Northern Department.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 426
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue