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Kendall, William (fl. 1679) Proposition made to the Mohawks

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03107.01881 Author/Creator: Kendall, William (fl. 1679) Place Written: Albany, New York Type: Manuscript document signed Date: 25 September 1679 Pagination: 1p. : docket ; 33.4 x 21.6 cm

William Kendall, the Agent of Indian Affairs in Virginia, writes to set the terms of the colony's relationship with the Mohawks. In order to maintain peace and friendship, Kendall writes that all Indians are required to stand still and lay down their arms upon contact with any Christians, or risk being killed as an enemy.

"Yours having entered our houses, taken away and destroyed our goods and People"

Propositions made by Col: Wm.
Kendel agent for ye. Contry
of Virginia to ye. Maquese
in the Court house of Albany
ye. 25th. of Septembr: 1679

I am come from Virginia upon occasion of some of your Neighbours doing of mischieff or harme in our Contry wh. upon ye Interposition and Perswasion of ye - Governr. here, wee have wholly passed by and forgive, & being Inform'd you'r not Concerned therin, but disowning such action - wee did desyre to see you, and to Lett you know, that continueing the like good Peaceable Neighbourhood, you shall finde us ye. Same, and willing to doe your friendship at all times, but must acquaint you, that wee have a law in our Country, that all frindly Indians comeing there near any Christians, must stand still, and lay down there Armes in token of frindship, and there Receivd and treated accordingly, otherways may be Destroyed as our Enemyes, wh. wee desyre you to take notice of, there being many of our People abroad & in ye Woods, was given - £150 [Z]
Wm Kendall 21 [ells] duffels
3 Vatts Rom
3 Rolls Tobacco
25 wheat loaves
20 do Brown
Col: Wm. Kendall agent
for Virginia Propos:
to Maquese 25 Sep: 1679

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