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HE Deputies of the six Nations having, at their last Visit, agreed to release their
Claim to all the Land on both Sides of the River Sasquebanah, as far South as this Province extends, and to the Northward to those called the Endless Mountains, or Kittochtinny Hills ; in Conlideration whereof, they then received a large Quantity of valuable Indian Goods for the Lands situate on the Eastern Side of the said River, but déclined 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 30** of June, with Deputies duly impowered to receive the said Goods; and acquainted the Governor, that being weary from the Fatigue of their long Journey, they should crave three or four Days to relt 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 chuse to pay their first Visit ; which they defiring might be on Friday the 24 of July, in the Afternoon, the Council was accordingly summon'd, and met at Mr. Logan's House, where were
Thomas Lawrence, Esqrs
1 the Lieutenant-Governor.
Iz knd James Logan, Samuel Preston, Clement Plumsted,
ti Samuel Hafell, Ralph Afbeton,
Abraham Taylor, Robert Strettella The Chiefs of the Six Nations, with the Chiefs of the Shawanese.
Form CANASSATEEGO, the Onondago Chief, Speaker
ale CONRAD WEISER, Interpreter. Nam The Governor opened the Conference as follows. to the
of ch 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, 6 and the other being at their Desire left in the Proprietor's Hands, he pressed you by Shikalamy na pery to fend last Year for it, and would have been
glad to have seen you, and taken jou by the • Hand before his Departure. But as the Design of this Meeting is to hear your News, and con
verse 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 shall have fufficiently rested from the Fatigue of your Journey.'
The Chief of the Onondagoes spoke. BRETHREN, • We propose to rest four Days, and then come * to the main Business. At present we are at a prií vate Conference about News, and have something
of this sort to mention to our Brother Onas.' And on the Governor's signifying they would be glad to know what it was, the Chief proceeded.
BRETHREN, 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 si good Understanding ; with this View we are to
inform you of a Piece of disagreeable News that happen”d in our Journey. Some White Peo. ple living at a Place called Conegocbeegoe, 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 some Years ago, and he was brought
down a Prisoner and committed to the Goal of this City: These People lighting of our young Warriors, as they were hunting, made fome Pro
posals about the Purchasing of Land from them, . and our young Men being indiscreet, and unac
quainted with publick Business, were foolish enough to hearken to them, and to receive five Duffil Strowds for two Plantations on the River Cobongoronto. A Conestogoe Indian, and a French Indian, and some others that were in Company, • had three Duffil Strowds, and went away with ' them; and our young Men carried off the other
As soon 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 so inconsistent with our Engagements to them; “ You are, 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 none of the Land that “ falls within the Province of Pensylvania, to any
« other but our Brother Onas, and that to fell “ Lands to any other is an high Breach of the
League of Friendship.” Brethren, this rash Proceeding of our young Men makes us ashamed. • We always mean well, and shall perform faith
fully 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 of our Intentions, we have brought you " these two Strowds [ here be presented two red • Strowds 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.'
The Governor then spoke : · BRETHREN, • I thank you for this piece of News; you have • taken this Matter perfectly right. Al Bargaining < for Land within this Province, is, to be sure, a
manifeft Breach of your Contract with the Pro' prietors, and what we know you will not coun
tenance. We have hitherto found the Six Na« tions faithful to their Engagements, and this is a • fresh Instance of their Punctuality. You could 'ngt help these Mistakes of your young Men;
they were not done in your presence : But as se« veral Inconveniencies may arise from these kind of
clandestine Sales, or from any such loose Sales of Land by your People, we desire you will, on your Return home, give publick Notice to all your Warriors not to bargain for any Land; or