Speech by Tiahogwando at Treaty of Six Nations at Albany New York

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CollectionHamilton and Kirkland College: Samuel Kirkland Papers (no image)
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Date August 25, 1775
Author Name Philip Schuyler Location: Albany New York
Recipient Name Oliver Wolcott Location: Albany New YorkColonel Tubot Francis Location: Albany New York Volkert P. Douw Location: Albany New York
Summary This speech was made at Treaty Conference held at Albany New York in August 1775, attended by the Reverend Samuel Kirkland. "Brothers: this is all the Six Nations have to say at present. They would just mention one thing more before they break up. The Six Nations look upon this as a very good time to speak their minds, as here are the representatives of the twelve United Colonies. The dispute between the people of New England and Penn seems to us to become a serious affair, and therefore the Six Nations take upon them to speak their minds freely, as they address the inhabitants of the whole continent. Many years ago, at a council held in Pennsylvania, when Cannassateego, that has been before mentioned, was present, Penn desired the Six Nations would sell him that piece of land known by the name of Scanandanani, or Susquehannah. The Indians of the Six Nations refused to sell it, saying, the great God would not permit them. Therefore they made him a present of that land, known by the name of Scanandanani. Penn received it, and made them valuable presents. After this, Colonel Lydius, a gentleman employed by the people of Boston, treated with some of the Indians to got that land from them. But he never kindled up a council-fire upon the occasion. He spoke to them whenever he met them; never with more than ten. From these he pretended to make a purchase of that tract. Governor Penn, also, at the great treaty at Fort Stanwix, in the year 1768, desired that the land might be his, and distributed among the Six Nations, Shawanese and Caughnawagas, ten thousand dollars, for which they gave him a writing. This is an affair with which all the Six Nations are acquainted, and any one would lie who said they knew nothing about it. We have taken an opportunity to speak of this matter now, as the mind of the whole continent is now here. The following day, the commissioners responded by saying in dispute between Connecticut and Governor Penn they are not authorized to transact any business, but will represent matters to the grand congress in Philadelphia.
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Document Notes Speech to Commissioners at Albany. No electronic image. Hard copy available on file
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Related Persons/Groups Tiahogwando; Oneida; Six Nations; United Colonies; Governor Penn; Canasatego; Annassuetego; Indians; Colonel Lydias; Colonel Lydius; Shawanese; Caughnawagas; Commissioners; Congress; ;
Related Places Albany, New York; Pennsylvania; Connecticut; New England; Scanandanani; Susquehanna; Boston; Massachusetts; Fort Stanwix; Fort Schuyler;
Keywords dispute; address; land; sale; present; treaty; council fire; land negotiations; dollars; Treaty of Six Nations Albany New York; Governor Thomas Penn and Indians; Disputed between Pennsylvania and Connecticut over Wyoming Territory; ;
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