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Baptist van Eps, John (fl. 1700) Report about the Indians

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03107.02059 Author/Creator: Baptist van Eps, John (fl. 1700) Place Written: Albany, New York Type: Manuscript document signed Date: 1700/08/05 Pagination: 3p. + docket 31.6 x 19.3 cm

Van Eps states that upon his arrival at Onondaga in July, he found the Indians meeting with some French men, for which he reprimanded them and informed them that Corlaer forabade such activity. When he questioned the Indians about the French intentions, he learned that the French proposed peace, the release of prisoners, and asked permission to place a Jesuit in their country. The Indians refused the French propositions, and stated that if they wanted a priest, Corlaer would supply them with one.

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