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Title Letter [manuscript]: Philadelphia, [Pa.], to Sir William Johnson, 1765 May 23
Author Penn, John (1729-1795)
Document Type Correspondence
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: May 23, 1765, letter to Sir William Johnson, British superintendent of Indian affairs, regarding the Indian trade, and white and Indian settlement on the west branch of the Susquehanna River. Penn remarks on a trading "scheme" of Philadelphians and George Croghan (deputy superintendent of Indian affairs for the western tribes), and on his own efforts to apprehend individuals responsible for destroying goods at Sideling Hill. Penn also states that he will act to remove white settlers on the west branch of the Susquehanna until that land is purchased from the Indians and asks Johnson to prevail upon the Munsees and other tribes to avoid that region in order to prevent bloodshed.
Names Johnson, Sir William (1715-1774); Croghan, George (d.1782)
Places Susquehanna River, Sideling Hill, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Keywords settlement, white settlers, white settlement, trade, Superintendent of Indian Affairs, sale of land, landowner, hostility
Theme American Indians and the European Powers; Trade and Indian Economies
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Northeast
Additional Information John Penn was grandson of William Penn, proprietor of Pennsylvania, and served as lieutenant governor (1763-1771) and governor (1773-1776) of the province.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 703
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue