Governor Sloughter’s Address to the Five Nations.

“Propositions made by his Excellency Coll. Henry Sloughter Capt. Generall and Governor in Cheife of the Province of New York and the honourable Council in the presence of Mayor and Alderman of the City of Albany and the Justices of the said County to the Maquass, Oneydes, Onnondages, Cayouges and Sinnekes, in the Citty Hall of Albany the first day of June, in the third yeare of theire Majesties Reigne Annoq Domini 1691.

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The Brethren may remember that they were strictly charged by the former Governours of this Place, not to treat with the common Enemy, without particular orders from this Government which now again I must in an especiall manner recommend unto you to observe the more because their Jesuits are too subtile for you and always endeavor to deceive you as they have lately done, some of our Indians which they have drawne over to their owne Religion and Country.

I must acquaint the Brethren, that it was very unpleasant news to me, which was told me at Schenectady two days ago, by the poor distressed Inhabitants of that village, how that some of the Brethren have burnt and destroyed several of their deserted houses and barnes, and have killed their horses, Cattle, Hogs and Poultry in the woods, left by the Enemy, which is an uncharitable act and ought to be enquired into and for the future prevented and remedied. –Col Docs. N. Y. iii. 773.

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Answer of the Five Nations to Gov. Sloughter’s Address.

Answer of the Oneydes, Onnondages, Cayouges and Sinnekes Sachims to the proposal of His Excellency Coll. Henry Sloughter Captain Generall and Governor in Cheife of the Province of New Yorke in the Citty Hall of Albany the 2nd day of June in the third yeare of their Majesties Reigne Annoq Domini 1691.

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We have been informed by our Forefathers that in former times a Ship arrived here in this Country which was a matter of great admiration to us, especially our desire was to know what was within her Belly. In that Ship were Christians, amongst the rest one Jaques with whom we made a Covenant of friendship, which covenant hath since been tied together with a chaine and always ever since kept inviolable by the brethren and us, in which Covenant it was agreed that whoever should hurt or prejudice, the one should be guilty on injuring all, all of us being comprehended in one common league. Doe give four pieces of Beaver.

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You have enjoyned us to be obedient and dutiful, we have never been wanting in our parts, we have shewed our readiness, when our Brethren of Schenectady were destroyed, by immediately girding ourselves and pursuing of the Enemy, and we four Nations have positively concluded to prosecute the warr with all vigour as you order us, as long as we live and never speake of peace without the common consent, for we are all one heart one head one scalp which never is to be separated, we four Nations have no hand in any treaty or Correspondence with the French or their Indians but abhor the same, and we desire that our Brethren the Christians keep no correspondence with them by letters or otherwise. Doe give five Beavers.

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Lastly we recommend to your Excellency and the Gents of Albany Hilliken the Interpreter who doth good service for the publick and is our mouth and ears; take her as the daughter, and provide for her that she may not want since she is so serviceable both, to us and to you, and we recommend her to mind her business well and to interpret a right as well on your Excellency’s side as on ours. Doe give her four ps. Beavers.

A true copy examined pr. Robert Livingstone.—Col. Docs. N. Y. iii. 774-777.”

Retrieved from Ecclesiastical Records of the State of New York, Volume 2. New York (State). State Historian James B. Lyon, State Printer, 1901 – New York (State)


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