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Pynchon, John, et al "Proposicons made to the Mohekanders and other River Indians by . . .

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03107.01866 Author/Creator: Pynchon, John, et al Place Written: Albany, New York Type: Manuscript document signed Date: 1677/04/24 Pagination: 1p. + docket 31 x 20.3 cm

. . . Major John Pynchon and James Richards Gent: Commissioners from the Colone of Massasshusetts & Cannatticut in the Court house at Albany." The document commends the River Indians for their refusal to participate in a war against the English. It also acknowledges them as friends, and states that they may maintain this friendship by refusing to aid or harbor their enemies, and informing the English of any Indian designs against them.

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