Transcriptions closed on May 15, 2018. Read more details here.

Adopt the Useful Ways of the White People

Sources & Images
Source Name Image(s)
CollectionStanford University Libraries: Timothy Hopkins Rare Books, Washington Irving Coll view image
Document Information
Date February 15, 1796
Author Name Timothy Pickering (primary) Location: Philadelphia
Recipient Name Chiefs & Warriors of the Six Nations (primary)
Summary Pickering advises the Indians to "adopt the useful ways of the white people." He admits that it will not be easy for them to abandon their hunting culture but warns that game is becoming scarce. To quote from the letter: "Brothers, I have often shown you what good things the white people enjoy, and explained how you might enjoy them. You have answered, that what I told you is very good, and that you were willing to adopt the useful ways of the white people, by degrees, but that you could not lay aside your own customs all at once. This was a wise answer. It will be necessary for you to continue your hunting while the game is so plenty... But you already know that the game is becoming scarce."
Document Format Autograph Letter Signed
Document Notes [not available]
Content Notes [not available]
Related Persons/Groups chiefs; warriors; Indians; Six Nations; Timothy Pickering; Quakers; Great Spirit;
Related Places Philadelphia;
Keywords [not available]
Key Phrases [not available]

[Note: Transcriptions are works in progress and maybe partial. Please help us correct any errors or omissions by signing up for a transcription account.]
[not available]