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Bay, New-Plymouth, and Connecticut, and
in the Year 1689. CHẢ P. BOUT the Beginning of September 1689,
A Colonel John Pynchon, Major John Savage, and Captain Jonathan Bull, Agents for the Colonies of Massachuset's Bay, New-Plymouth, and Connecticut, arrived at Albany, to renew the Friendship with the Five Nations, and to engage them against the Eastern Indians, who made War on the English of those Colonies, and were supported by the French.
The Five Nations had received four Messengers from the Eastern Indians, which gave the People of New-England some Apprehensions, and they were therefore desirous to know what Reception these Messengers had met with.
The Five Nations answered by Tahajadoris, a Mobawk Sachem, on the twenty fourth of September. He made a long Oration, repeating all that the Agent from New-England had said, the Day before, and desired them to be attentive to the Answer now to be made to them. They commonly repeat over all that has been said to them, before they return any Answer, and one may be surprized at the Exactness of these Repetitions. They take the following Method to assist their Memories: The Sachem, who presides at these Conferences, has a Bundle of small Sticks in his Hand; as soon as the Speaker has finished any one Article of his Speech, this Sachem gives a Stick to another Sachen, who is par
ticularly to remember that Article ; and so when an- CH A P.
of Iron and subject to Rust, as formerly, but of
jects, from the Senekas Country eastward,
“ We are glad to hear of the good Success our
taking and sinking so many of their Men of War. “ You tell us in your Proposals that we are one “ People, let us then go Hand in Hand together, "to ruin and destroy the French our common Ene
my. Gives a Bever.
kept inviolably by us. When you had Wars “ some time ago with the Indians, you desired us to
help you ; we did it readily, and to the Pur
pose; for we pursued them closely, by which we « prevented the Effufion of much of your Blood. « This was a certain Sign that we loved truly “ and sincerely, and from our Hearts. Gives a
Сн А Р. 16 You advise us' to pursue our Enemies, the
resolved to do to the utmost of our Power : But
“ We patiently bore many Injuries from the " French, from one Year to another, before we “ took up the Axe against them. Our Patience “ made the Governor of Canada think, that we 56 were afraid of him, and durst not refent the In
juries we had so long suffered, but ; now he is “ undeceived. We assure you, that we are resolved " never to drop the Axe, the French never shall u see our Faces in Peace, we shall never be recon
ciled as long as one Frenchman is alive. We shall “ never make Peace, though our Nation should be " ruined by it, and every one of us cut in Pieces. - Our Brethren of the three Colonies may depend " on this. Gives a Bever.
“ As to what you told us of the Owenagungas
proud and haughty, as to begin a War without
You tell us that they are
Then the Mohawks offered five of their Men, to guard the Agents Home against any of their Indian Enemies, who they were afraid might be laying in wait for the Agents, and gave a Belt.
Afterwards the Speaker continued his Speech, and said: “ We have spoke what we had to say of “ the War, we now come to the Affairs of Peace :
« We promise to preserve the Chain inviolably, and CHAP.
<< We make fast the Roots of the Tree of Peace
Lastly, He desired the Magiftrates of Albany to remember what he had said, and gave them a Bever.
But the Agents perceiving, that they had not answered any Thing about the Owenagunga Messengers, and had answered indistinctly about the War with the Eaftern Indians, desired them to explain themselves fully on these two Points, about which the Agents were chiefly concerned.
The Five Nations answered :
“ We cannot declare War against the Eastern Tis“6 dians, for they have done us. no Harm : Never
. theless our Brethren of New England may be af“ fured, that we will live and die in Friendship with 16 them. When we took up the Axe against the " French and their Confederates, we did it to re
venge the Injuries they had done us; we did not 66 make War with them at the Persuasions of our " Brethren here ; for we did not so much as ac
quaint them with our Intention, till fourteen Days " after our Army had begun their March.”
After the Company had separated, the Sachems sent to the New-England Agents, defiring to speak with them in private ; which being granted, the
CHA P. Speaker said, we have something to tell you, which
was not proper to be spoken openly, for some of
Now we afsure our Brethren, that we are resolved
But it is to be observed, that they confirmed nothing relating to these Indians, by giving Belts.
It is probable, that the Sachems acted with some
On the 25th the Magistrates of Albany had a