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要要要 THE Deputies of the Six Nations
Yohaving, at their last Visit, agreed to T Yo release their Claim to all the Land
on both sides of the River Sasquehannah, as far South as this Province
extends, and to the Northward to those called the Endless Mountains, or Kittochtinzzy Hills ; in Confideration whereof, they then received a large Quantity of valuable Indian Goods, for the Lands situate on the Eaftern Side of the said River, but declined at that Time to receive any for those on the Western Side of the said River, chusing to defer the same till another Visit ; a large Number arrived from these Nations at Philadelphia, on Wednesday the 30th of June, with Deputies duly impowered to receive the said Goods; and acquainted the Governor, that being weary frona the Fatigue of their long Journey, they should crave three or four Days to rest themselves before they proceeded to their Business: In the mean Time they would wait on the Governor to discourse, according to their usual Method, about News and other Occurrences; which the Governor readily agreed to, and ask'd them when they would chuío VOL. II.
to pay their first Visit; which they desiring might be on Friday the 2d of July, in the Afternoon, the Council was accordingly summond, and met at Mr. Logan's House, where were
PRESENT, The Honourable GEORGE THOMAS, Esq;
Samuel Preston, Clement Plumsted,
Thomas Lawrence, Efqrs. . Samuel Hafell, Ralph Asheton, Abraham Taylor, Robert Strettell, The Chiefs of the Six Nations, with the Chiefs of
CANASSATEEGO, the Onondago Chief, Speaker.
CONRAD WEISER, Interpreter.
The Governor opened the Conference, as follows:
« BRETHREN, * The Proprietor having purchased certain Lands < from your Nations about fix Years ago, a Moiety • of what was agreed to be given in Consideration < of that Purchase, was at that Time delivered to • them, and the other being at their Desire left in " the Proprietor's Hands, he pressed you by Shika
lamy to fend last Year for it, and would have < been glad to have seen you, and taken you by " the Hand before his Departure. But as the De< sign of this Meeting is to hear your News, and
converfe together in a free and friendly Manner, " I shall say no more about the Goods, than that they lie ready at the Proprietor's House, and will
be delivered when you Thall have sufficiently rested ' from the Fatigue of your Journey.' ..
thing of this Sort to mention to our Brother • Onas. And on the Governor's fignifying they would be glad to know what it was, the Chief proceeded.
" It is our Way when we come to our Brethren, or any other Persons, whom we live in strict Friendship with, to remove all Obstructions to
a good Unsterstanding ; with this View we are 'to inform you of a Piece of disagreeable News that happend in our Journey.- Some White People, living at a Place called Conegocheegoe, whose Names we cannot tell, nor whether they belong to this or the neighbouring Government,
but one of them, as we heard, had his House • burnt over his Head fome Years
ago, and he was • brought down a Prisoner, and committed to the Gaol of this City: These People lighting of our
young Warriors, as they were hunting, made • Come Proposals about the purchafing of Land • from them, and our young Men being indifcreet, and unacquainted with public Business,
were foolish enough to hearken to them, and « to receive five Duffil Strowds for two Plantations
on the River Cohongoronto. A Conestogoe Indian, and a French Indian, and some others that were
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in Company, had three Duffil Strowds, and s went away with them'; and our young Men 6 carried off the other two. As foon as this came «to: our Knowledge, we sent for our Warriors,
and after examining and rebuking them severely, • we took away their two Strowds, and publickly censured them for exposing us to our Brethren of Pensylvania, in doing a Thing fo inconsistent with our Engagements to them; “ said we aloud, that all our People might hear « and take Notice, to know and remember, that “the Six Nations have obliged themselves to sell
of the Land that falls within the Province " of Pensylvania, to any other but our Brother « Onas, and that to sell Lands to any other is an « high Breach of the League of Friendship.” · Brethren, this rath Proceeding of our young 6 Men makes us ashamed. We always mean
well, and shall perform faithfully what we have promised : And we assure you, this Affair was, transacted in the Manner we have related, without our Privity. or Consent. And that you may be fully convinced of this, and of the Sincerity. i
of our Intentions, we have brought you these
two Strowds [here he presented two red Strowds ૮
to the Governor) they are the very Strowds our
foolish young Men received; we took them from ? them, and we give them to you, to return to,
those white People who made the Bargain, and ? defire when the Strowds are returned to them,
they may be told what we now say, and that we shall not confirm such Bargains, nor any other that may interfere with our Engagements to our Brother Onas.