You are here

Message from the Mohawk and Canajoharie Indians to Acting Governor James DeLancey, 1755

Message from Native Americans to Acting Governor James DeLancey regarding hostilities

New York State Archives, NYSA_A1894-78_V080_017
 
Document Description
Message from the Mohawk and Canajoharie Indians desiring something may be done to remove their present apprehensions of danger, February 7, 1755. This message was delivered by Sir William Johnson (referred to as "Brother Warraghijagey") to Acting Governor James DeLancey (referred to as "Brother Goragh") through the colonial council.
 
Transcription
Mount Johnson February the 7th 1755
att a meeting of the Mohawks & Canajoharies Indians, Laurence a Mohawk & their first
Warriour stood up, and spoke in behalf of both Castles as follows

Brother Warraghijagey
When the news of your intention of going to New York reached our ears, Both Men, & Women mett together in Council and then concluded to embrace the favourable opertunity of sending a message by you to our Brother Goragh, which We now earnestly entreat you to deliver to Him with these strings of Wampum -

Brother Goragh,
When We had the pleasure of seeing you last summer at Albany, the air seemed to us pleasant, the sky pritty serene & clear. but to our great concern we now observe, thick, & heavy clouds arizeing on all sides, and driveing thisWay, which seems to portend a storm, Should it blow hard, we are very apprehensive of Danger, haveing no shelter, To you therefore Brother (in whose power it is to draw on, or disperse those Dark Clouds) We make known our fears, not doubting but You (Out of a Brotherly affection) will either remove them, and Ease the Minds of our old, & young people, or cover us from the pending storm.

four strings of Black Wampum

Verbatim as delivered to me
Wm Johnson
VERSO READS:
Mount Johnson Feb. 7, 1755
Message from the Mohawk & Cannajohary Indians desiring something may be done to remove
their present Apprehensions of Danger
Feb 28. Read in Council
 

 

Create a New Worksheet for This Document