Our Collection

At the Institute’s core is the Gilder Lehrman Collection, one of the great archives in American history. More than 70,000 items cover five hundred years of American history, from Columbus’s 1493 letter describing the New World to soldiers’ letters from World War II and Vietnam. Explore primary sources, visit exhibitions in person or online, or bring your class on a field trip.

Burnet, William (1688-1729) Proposition to the 5 Nations

High-resolution images are available to schools and libraries via subscription to American History, 1493-1943. Check to see if your school or library already has a subscription. Or click here for more information. You may also order a pdf of the image from us here.

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03107.02153 Author/Creator: Burnet, William (1688-1729) Place Written: Albany, New York Type: Manuscript document Date: 1722/09/13 Pagination: 9p. + docket 31 x 19 cm

The Governor consents to renew the covenant chain with the 5 Nations, and hopes that the Indians will begin to convert to Christianity. He also expects that the 5 Nations voice resentment over the misdeeds of the Eastern Indians, and send out deputies to inquire why they have attacked the people of New England. Additionally, a final and severe warning is given against any trade or correspondence with the French in Canada.

Order a CopyCitation Guidelines for Online Resources