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Onondaga Sachems "Message from the Sachems of Onnondage to Col: Wm. Kendall . . .

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03107.01885 Author/Creator: Onondaga Sachems Place Written: Albany, New York Type: Manuscript document Date: 1679/10/06 Pagination: 2p. + docket 30.6 x 21.6 cm

. . . agent of Virginia sent by one of there Sachems calld Othonoonis accompanyed with his sonne and another Indian." Othonoonis explains that agreements made with Coll. Coursey indicated that colonial agents would visit Onondaga territory, rather than have the Sachems travel to Albany. He also notes that small pox has prevented travel.

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