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Title Letter [manuscript]: Albany, [N.Y. to Gov. William Cosby, New York, N.Y.], 1733/4 Mar. 4
Author New York (State): Commissioners of Indian Affairs; Ten Broeck, Dirck; Lansing, Johannis, Jr; Livingston, Philip; Schuyler, Myndert; Van Rensselaer, Hendrick; Bleecker, Rutger; Groesbeck, Stephanus; Cuyler, Abraham; Schuyler, Philip; Van Rensselaer, Jeremiah; Bleecker, Nicholas; De Peyster, John
Document Type Correspondence
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: March 4, 1733/4, letter from the Commissioners of Indian Affairs at Albany to New York governor William Cosby, reporting on attempts by the French to infiltrate the Seneca country and gain the allegiance of the Seneca Indians, and on the probability of war with the French. The commissioners propose dislodging the French by a combined British-Iroquois force, bolstering Seneca ties with the British by providing gifts and individuals to work among them, rebuilding forts at Schenectady and Fort Hunter, and strengthening Albany’s defenses. The letter is signed by commissioners Dirck Ten Broeck, Johannis Lansing Jr., Philip Livingston, Myndert Schuyler, Hendrick Van Rensselaer, Rutger Bleecker, Stephanus Groesbeck, Abraham Cuyler, Philip Schuyler, Jeremiah Van Rensselaer, Nicholas Bleecker, and John De Peyster.
Names Cosby, William (c.1690-1736)
Places Albany, Schenectady, Fort Hunter, New York, United States
Keywords alliance, New France, war, French and Indian Wars, commissioner, fort, governor
Theme American Indians and the European Powers; Military Encounters: Conflicts, Rebellions and Alliances
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Northeast
Additional Information Beginning in 1684, the British governor of New York appointed the mayors and magistrates of the city of Albany to deal with Indian affairs in the province. In 1690 a distinct board, the Commissioners of Indian Affairs, was formed. This arrangement lasted until 1755 when the British Crown assumed control of Indian relations, dividing the colonies into northern and southern departments.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT oversize Ayer MS 631
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue