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Earl of Bellomont Answer to the River Indians

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03107.02062 Author/Creator: Earl of Bellomont Place Written: Albany, New York Type: Manuscript document Date: 1700/08/31 Pagination: 3p. + docket 30.6 x 20.1 cm Order a Copy

The Earl of Bellomont asks the River Indians to invite their brethern the Eastern Indians to reside with them at Skachtkook, where they will receive the King's protection. He expresses his grief at their reluctance to join the Protestant faith, and states that they must renounce all ties to Canada and the Jesuits if they wish to be receive protection under the British crown.

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