[Montreal, September 16,
1. Br. Warry.2
We are glad to meet you and thank you for your friendly Advice [of]3
sent us from Oswego, [we have complied] that we should keep out of the
Way; We have [acted] paid a due Regard [to it] thereto and thank the
Great Spirit above who allows us to meet together this Day in so
Friendly a Manner.
2. Brn. of ye. Nats.
I[t] [gives] us great Pleasure of your having resolved at Swegatchy to
accompany our Brother Warry. as far as here. Your coming along was very
necessary and of mutual Service
We therefore most sincerely [thank] return you our hearty Thanks for
3. Br. Wy.
We heard and took to heart the good Words you spoke to us yesterday; We
thank you most heartily for [them] renewing and strengthning the old
Covenant Chain [of] which before this War subsisted between us, and we
in ye. Name of every Nation here prest. assure you [to] that we will
hold fast [of] the Same, for ever hereafter.
4. Br. Wy.
We are greatly oblidged to you for opening the Road from this to
[Albany] your Country we on our parts assure you to keep it clear of
any Obstacle & use it in a friendly Manner --
5. Br. Wy.
You desired us to [see] deliver up your People who [may be] are still
among us -- [We] As you have now settled all matters wth. us & we
are become firm Friends. We [are] who are present here as
Representatives of 8 Nats. do assure you that what you desired shall be
fully agreed to as soon as possible.
6. Br. Wy.
We also agreeable to your Desire yesterday will burry the french
hatchet we have made Use of, in the bottomless Pit, never to be Seen
more by us or our Posterity. --
7. Brethn. of ye. 5 Nats.
[You] In Return to your Belt of Yesterday Whereby you told us that your
Br. Wy. had finished every thing with us you on your part had something
to say wch. was that as there had been during this War a Division &
Disunion between us; and [thereby] desired us to reunite & be firm
Friends as heretofore, We hereby assure all here present that we with
pleasure agree to your friendly Proposal and reunite as formerly.
8. Br. Wy. With Regard to
the String you spoke by yesterday of
Returning as soon as possible to your homes and of your leaving two
Persons behind to transact Business in your Absence and at the same
time told us to send some of every Nation [to] with you to Albany in
order to try ye. goodness of the Road, we are ready whenever You go to
9. Br. W.
As we have now made a firm Peace wth. the Engsh. & ye. 6 Nats. we
shall endeavour all in our Powr. to keep it inviolably. There is one
thing Br. wch. we understand you have great Plenty of, which is Liqour,
as that is the only thing wch. can turn our heads and prove fatal to
us, we who now represent 8 Nats. here present entreat you in the most
earnest Manner not to suffer any of your People to sell or give any to
[any] us, as it
a large Belt.
10. With another large Belt
they made the same Request to the 6 Nats. not to bring any Liquor to
11. Br. Wy.
Every thing now settled between us in ye. most friendly Manner wch. we
rejoice at; We have only to acquaint you that our Young Men are soon
going upon the hunt and perhaps may happen to come to [some] of your
Posts, that you will give [a] Strict charge to the Officers of every
Post along [here] not to suffer any Person to dispose of any Liquor to
any of our People that may come there as it might be productive of
Disputes & ill Consequences between them & your People wch.
might shake the [Chain of] Friendship now so happily [concluded]
strengthned and wch. by all Means [you] I will endeavour to avoid.
a black Belt
12. Br. Wy.
It is proper for you to know the Way our Affairs were managed while
under the Care of the french wch. is that Smiths &ca. were allowed
to work for Us upon that Governmts. Expence.
13. Br. Wy.
We are heartily thankfull to the Genl. for his Goodness in allowing our
Priests to remain & instruct us as usual, and we shall endeavour to
make good Use of it, as [the] He is now the head of all here, & had
subdued our former Superiors, who maintained our Priests, they must now
suffer & cannot subsist without your Assistance; Therefore we beg
you will not be worse than our former Friends the french. And also beg
that you will regulate Trade so that we may not be imposed upon by ye.
People our new [Allies] Brs.
Then arose Ad'yadarony chief of ye. Warrs. of Caghnawy. and addressed
himself to Sr. Wm. in the Followg. Manner
14. Br. W.
The Sachms. having finished the Good Work of Peace wch. is agreeable to
all our young Men, I shall offer something in behalf of them, wch. I
beg you to take Notice of. -- Should any of the young People thro'
Imprudence or Liquor drop or make Use of any foolish or rash Expresss.
to [the] You or those you leave behind, we beg you will not take Notice
of them, but of us [who] now present who are their chiefs.
A Warrrs. Belt
15. Br. Wy.
As we are now linked together in the Chain of Friendship; we the
Warrrs. have one Request more to make wch. is that if Mr. Purthuit4
alias Ohowa late Interpr. to Onontio should apply to you to be further
employed that Way, you will not hear to it, but let him go with his
former Master over the great Lake and let us have on of your own People
to act as Interpr.
gave a string of Wm.
here ended the Meeting.
[M] Septr. 16th. 1760--
As every Matter is now settled to our mutual Satisfaction we have on
Request to make to You who have now the Possession of this Country,
That as we have according to your Desire kept out of the Way [and been
Neuter] of your Army, You will allow us the peaceable Possession of ye.
Spot of Ground we live now upon, and in case we should remove from it,
to reserve to us as our own.
a large black Belt
1. In New York Historical Society. Jelles Fonda Journal, but in hand of
2. Brother Warrighiyagey. Therefore addressed to Sir William.
3. Words italicized and in brackets are crossed out in manuscript.
4. Louis Perthuis.