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We Are Neither on One Side or the Other

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PublicationLowrie, Walter and St. Clair Clarke, Matthew, eds. American State Papers: Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States. 38 Vols. Washington, DC: Gales and Seaton, 1832. (no image)
Document Information
Date May 21, 1791
Author Name Young King of the Six Nations (primary) Location: Buffalo Creek
Recipient Name [not available]
Summary The Young King stakes out a position of neutrality between the British and the Americans and intends to send representatives to the treaty at Painted Post where the American will try to reach a peaceful settlement with the western tribes.
Document Format Modern Printed Transcription of Letter/Document
Document Notes [not available]
Content Notes [not available]
Related Persons/Groups Young King of the Six Nations; commanding officer of Niagara; unfriendly Indians; the British; General St. Clair; Colonel Butler; enemy Indians; sachems and warriors of the Six Nations; Cuyasatta, our great chief; General Washington; Oneidas; Indians that reside toward the setting sun; Captain [Joseph] Brandt; women and children; ;
Related Places Buffalo Creek; Fort Pitt; Pittsburgh; Grand River; ;
Keywords vessel; peace with the United States; our fighting; fire [treaty] at the Painted Post; Thirteen Fires [Thirteen States]; ;
Key Phrases The reason why we now tell you these things is that we are neither on one side or the other; whether of the British, or of the Americans; for we desire to be still, and to be at peace with both.

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