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Title A journal of the proceedings of Conrad Weiser [manuscript]: on his journey to Ohio with a message & present from the government of Pensilvania to the Indians there, 1748 Aug. 11 - Oct. 2
Author Weiser, Conrad (1696-1760)
Document Type Travel Journal; Official Record; Manuscript
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Conrad Weiser’s journal of his trip over the Alleghanies, Aug. 11 - Oct. 2, 1748, to negotiate with the Indians of the Ohio country, together with an 1830 copy transcribed by Weiser’s descendant, Hiester H. Muhlenberg. Journal contains a brief record of Weiser’s travel along the Alleghany or Kittaning Trail, and a full record of the meetings at Logstown with representatives of the Iroquois, Shawnee, Wyandot, Mohican, Delaware, and Huron tribes. Included are summaries of Weiser’s speeches regarding a British-Indian alliance, British-French hostilities, Seneca Carolina captives, liquor consumption, Pennsylvania traders, etc. Also responses by Seneca, Wyandot, and Delaware chiefs; a census of warriors by tribe; and a record of the division of presents. Five typed letters, three watercolors, a 1752 ms. document witnessed by Weiser, and a newspaper clipping accompany the journals.
Names Muhlenberg, Hiester H.; Croghan, George (d.1782); Montour, Andrew (d.c.1705)
Places Allegheny Mountains, Longstown, Ohio, United States
Keywords travel, travelogue, personal account, observation, treaty, trail, council, captivity, liquor, alcohol, trade, address, chief, art, newspaper, Indian agent
Theme American Indians and the European Powers
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Northeast
Additional Information

Includes watercolour of Conrad Weiser and one of his wife.

Weiser was a prominent colonial Pennsylvania Indian agent and interpreter. In 1748, on the English colonies’ first official overture to the Indians west of the Alleghany Mountains, Weiser journeyed with George Croghan and Andrew Montour on behalf of Pennsylvania to Logstown on the Alleghany River. There the men met and formed an alliance with the various western tribes that was intended to counteract French influence in the Ohio region.

Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT Ayer MS 3200
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue