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Writer, researcher, archivist, etc. @ahhunter

The Records for 1753-1755

Following the resignation of the Commissioners for Indian Affairs in November 1746, William Johnson (on behalf of New York) as well as representatives from other colonies all negotiated with the Six Nations individually and the situation was chaotic at times. … Continue reading

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A Complete Transcription of Volume 3 (1737 and 1745)

The transcription of Volume 3 is now complete. It contains material from 1737 and 1745 that was probably originally part of Minute Book 4, but somehow became separated. You can download it here or from the menu at the top … Continue reading

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A Complete Transcription of Volume 2 (1732-1748)

I have been neglecting blog posts because I have been on a roll with transcribing. Volume 2 is now complete. You can download it here or from the menu at the top of the page. Volume 3 should be done … Continue reading

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Minute Book 3: 1729-February:

  [There are no entries for January 1729.] In their first conference with Governor John Montgomerie in October 1728, the Haudenosaunee are recorded as saying they were glad the new Brother Corlaer was “a wise and prudent Man.” Perhaps this … Continue reading

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Minute Book 3: 1729

There are no duplicate entries for 1729. The originals are in chronological order except that a second copy of the conference between Governor Montgomery and the Six Nations and their Allies held in October of the previous year is inserted … Continue reading

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Minute Book 3: 1728-November: Problems Continue at Oswego

The last entries for 1728, dated November 9 and 26, show that nothing had been solved at Oswego. The bateaux that were now the preferred means of transporting provisions had not been able to take up enough stores for the … Continue reading

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Minute Book 3: 1728-October Part 2: Provisions, Interpreters, and Surveyors at Oswego; A New Oneida Chief; Attack on the Senecas

Provisions, Interpreters, and Surveyors at Oswego Even before the conference ended the commissioners sent boats to Oswego with provisions to ease the chronic shortages there.  Along with them they sent Captain Verplank and William Printhop Junior, who were instructed to … Continue reading

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Minute Book 3: 1728-October Part 1: Governor Montgomerie’s First Conference with the Six Nations, Schaghticokes, and “River Indians”

Governor John Montgomerie’s first conference with New York’s native allies  began on October first.  The records contain two versions. What was probably the official version begins on page 299a of the records and is printed in DRCHNY volume 5, beginning … Continue reading

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Minute Book 3: 1728-September: Information from Canada, More Problems at Oswego, Final Preparations for the Conference with Governor Montgomerie

Intelligence from Canada The Commissioners of Indian Affairs maintained a regular correspondence with authorities on the Massachusetts frontier, with whom they shared intelligence about the French. In September the commissioners sent Thomas Ingersoll to Northampton to pass on a paper … Continue reading

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Minute Book 3: 1728: Laurence Claessen is Sent to Invite the Six Nations to a Conference With Governor Montgomerie

The entries for August 1728 document that the new governor of New York and New Jersey, John Montgomerie, asked the Commissioners of Indians Affairs to send Laurence Claessen to Iroquoia to invite the Six Nations to a meeting with Governor … Continue reading

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Minute Book 3: 1728-May through July: A Doctor is Sent to Oswego

There are no entries for April or June 1728.  During this time New York’s governor William Burnet was replaced by Colonel John Montgomerie, who arrived in New York on April 15th.  Burnet did not leave for his new position as governor of … Continue reading

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Minute Book 3: 1728-March: Mohawk Leaders Ask About Missing Kahnawake Hunters and Bring News of French Plans to Attack Oswego; The Six Nations Complain About Insults and High Prices at Oswego; The Garrison Needs Food

News from Mohawk Country The Mohawk leaders Hendrick and Seth met with the Commissioners of Indian Affairs on March third. They said that two “Onnogonque indians” who had moved from Canada to live with the Haudenosaunee at Oriskany had come … Continue reading

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Minute Book 3: 1728

Like 1727, 1728 is significantly out of order and includes duplicates. In many cases the duplicates both appear to be copies rather than originals. My guess is that someone, possibly Governor Montgomery, had copyists make sets of documents for multiple … Continue reading

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