Schuyler, Pieter (1657-1724)
Title: "Propositions made by Pr. Schuyler Mayor of the City of Albany to the . . .
. . . chiefs, Captains, & Leaders of a Company of 350 Indians of the 5 Nations now bounde upon an Expedition to Canida all Encamped at Shinnechtady." In the proposition, Schuyler writes that the "French praying Indians" will always be their enemies, and he asks the 5 Nations to destroy their camps, and also to do what damage they can to the French. Schuyler scolds the 5 Nations as well for taking cattle and corn from New England settlers, and warns them to cease that behavior immediately. In their response, the 5 Nations agree to fight against the praying Indians of Canada, but remind Schuyler that they are fighting on their behalf, and are therefore deserving of the small amounts of cattle and corn they may take from settlers. This is followed by another reply from Schuyler, who reiterates his wish that the Indians not take cattle from the settlers, who rely upon their crops and livestock for survival.