Provisions for the Senecas

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Date October 30, 1790
Author Name Timothy Pickering (primary)
Recipient Name Chiefs of the Seneca Nation (primary)
Summary Captain Ross, a trusted men, has been directed to travel to the Painted Post to provide beef, corn, and meal for the Indians. It is hoped that this will provide proof of the good will of the United States.
Document Format Autograph Draft Letter Signed
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Related Persons/Groups Chiefs of the Seneca Nation; Timothy Pickering; Captain Ross; Chief Kishkaaga; Chief Kajeagayan; brothers, sachems, chiefs & warriors of the Seneca nation; ;
Related Places Painted Post; Newtown Point; ;
Keywords your faces; trusty man; your kettles may boil; corn and pumpkins; your nation; your message; brothers; provisions supplied to you at the Painted Post & at Newtown Point; ;
Key Phrases I was glad to see their faces. I hear by them that you were on your feet walking to this place
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Tioga Point Oct 30 1790
Brothers, Sachems Chiefs Warriors of the Seneca Nation.
The Chiefs Kishkaaga & Kajeagayan, with three others of your nation arrived here last night, & this morning delivered your message.
Brothers, I was glad to see their faces, & to hear by them that you were on your feet, walking to this place.
Brothers you request me to have provisions supplied to you at the Painted Post & at Newtown Point, to help you forward to my fire.
Brothers I agree to your request; and send my friend Captain Ross, a trusty man, as far as the Painted Post to provide for you accordingly. He will have beef ready that your kettles may boil as soon as you arrive there; and corn and pumpkins, if they can be purchased at that place.
Brothers on your arrival at Newtown Point, beef, corn & meal shall be ready and a little Stag to help you to walk more cheerfully.
Brothers I hope you will consider my readiness to
to make this provision for you as a proof of the good will of the United States towards you. I hope also as it will give you strength that you will walk the faster & let me the sooner see your faces. * Brothers with two of your runners I will send an interpreter, Mr. Parish, if I can find him. He is a good young man, & will faithfully tell you what I say; & to him I desire you to give heed.
Brother I bid you farewell!
T. Pickering
[undecipherable] Oct 30 1790

Letter to the Chiefs &c of the Seneca Nation
Tioga Oct. 30, 1790
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