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Title Speech [manuscript]: delivered by Little Abraham, of the Mohawks, to the magistrates and committee of Schenectady and Albany, 20 May 1775
Author Abraham
Document Type Manuscript
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Speech by the Mohawk chief, Abraham, to Albany and Schenectady officials, made 20 May 1775 (shortly after Concord and Lexington), regarding reports that a large body of New Englanders planned to kidnap the tribe’s superintendent, Guy Johnson (son of Sir William Johnson) and extinguish their council fire. Abraham states that his tribe would remain neutral if left alone, but warns that hostile acts would provoke a response from the entire Iroquois confederacy.
Names Abraham (d. 1780); Johnson, Guy (1740-1788)
Places Albany, Schenectady, New York, United States
Keywords battle, war, armed forces, government relations, kidnap, hostility, Indian council, council fire, speech
Theme American Indians and the European Powers; Military Encounters: Conflicts, Rebellions and Alliances
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Northeast
Additional Information

FULL TITLE: A speech of the Mohawks to the majestrates and committee of the town of Schenectady and major corporation and committee of the city of Albany &c [manuscript] / delivered by Little Abraham, 20 May 1775.

Prominent Mohawk Chief, gifted orator, and father of Indian superintendent Sir William Johnson’s first Indian wife. Also known as Little Abraham. During the Revolution, Abraham was initially disposed toward neutrality, but his close relationship with the Johnson family was one factor that led him to support the British cause.

Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 6
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue