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Title Letter and petition [manuscript]: 1764-1775
Author Johnson, Joseph (c.1751-1777)
Document Type Correspondence
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Letter, Sept. 6, 1764, to Eleazar Wheelock, and petition, June 21, 1775, to the New York Provincial Congress. Writing to Wheelock, also in Lebanon, Conn., Johnson explains the dispute between himself and Eleazer Sweetland, who later (1777) was ordained in East Haddam, Conn., and served as an army chaplain in the Revolution. In his 1775 petition to the Provincial Congress, Johnson explains the decision of the New England Christian Indians to return temporarily from the Brotherton settlement to Connecticut and requests a passport and funds to enable the four remaining Indians (himself, James Shattock, John Shesack, Samuel Tallman) to make the trip.
Names Wheelock, Eleazar (1711-1779); Sweetland, Eleazer (c.1751-1787)
Places Connecticut, New York, United States
Keywords Moor's Indian Charity School, US War of Independence, petition, missionary, school, Christianity
Theme Missionaries and Education; American Indians and the US Government; American Indians and the European Powers
Culture Area Northeast
Additional Information Connecticut Mohegan leader. In 1758 Johnson entered Eleazar Wheelock’s school for Indians, then located in Lebanon, Conn., and in 1766 or 7 left to become a teacher among the Iroquois. Condemned as a drunkard by Wheelock in 1769, Johnson spent two years at sea and in Providence, R.I., before his conversion in 1771. Johnson, who then became a minister and missionary, was instrumental in arranging the 1775 emigration of New England Christian Indians to the Brotherton settlement on Oneida lands in New York.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 453
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue