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Title Letter [manuscript]: Montreal, to Sir W[illia]m Johnson, 1761 Mar. 19
Author Claus, Daniel (1727-1787)
Document Type Correspondence
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: March 19, 1761, letter to Sir William Johnson, British superintendent of the northern Indians, regarding rumors of Gen. Amherst’s departure for England, the disruption of the French fur trade, the loyalty of the "Caghnawageys & Caneghsadegey," the return of English prisoners held by the "Nipisins" and that tribe’s fear of British reprisals, the revision and reprinting of a Mohawk prayer-book with added catechisms, and Claus’ plan to purchase a military captaincy with Johnson’s financial assistance.
Names Amherst, Jeffery (1717-1797); Johnson, Sir, William (1715-1774)
Places Montréal, Québec, Canada; New England, United States
Keywords British Colonialism, British North America, French and Indian Wars, army, armed forces, Christianity, fur trade, hostage
Theme American Indians and the European Powers; First Nations of Canada
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Northeast
Additional Information British Indian department official. Born in Germany, Daniel Claus emigrated to Philadelphia in 1749, met Conrad Weiser and tutored his son, and lived among the Mohawks. In 1755 Claus was made a lieutenant in the Indian dept. under Sir William Johnson and in 1760 was appointed deputy agent to the Canadian Indians. Based in Montreal, Claus reported both to Johnson and military officials, and served until 1775.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 174
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue