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Title Letter [manuscript]: Housatunuck [i.e. Housatonic], [Mass.], to Reverand Nehemiah Bull, Westfield, Mass., 1734/35 Feb. 5
Author Konkapot, Chief
Document Type Correspondence
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: February 5, 1734/35, letter written by a third party for Konkapot and Umpachenee, addressed to Westfield minister Nehemiah Bull, and intended also for Rev. Stephen Williams of Deerfield. Konkapot and Umpachenee inform Bull and Williams, who had been active in bringing the Christian mission to the Housatonics, that following the council, members of their tribe had been poisoned by other Indians. They also report that the other Mohicans "hate us for what we have Done: but we Don't intend to give out".
Names Bull, Nehemiah (1701-1758); Umpachenee, Chief; Williams, Stephen (1693-1782)
Places Stockbridge, Westfield, Massachusetts, New England, United States
Keywords British North America, tribal government, missionary, Christianity, murder, council, religion, clan war
Theme Missionaries and Education; American Indians and the European Powers
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Northeast
Additional Information

Leader, with Umpachenee, of the Housatonic tribe of Mohicans of southwest Massachusetts. In January, 1734/35, a general council of several Mahican tribes met to ratify the decision of Konkapot and Umpachenee to allow the establishment of a Christian mission by John Sergeant (at Stockbridge under the auspices of the Company for Propagation of the Gospel). In the festivities that followed the council, drunken participants scorned the Housatonic’s decision to adopt English ways. When several members of the tribe, including Umpachenee’s family, fell ill and two died, the Housatonics believed they had been poisoned.

On verso: address, and also bibliographical notes, presumably by Nehemiah Bull.

Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 205
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue