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Kendall, William (fl. 1679) Proposition to the Oneidas

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03107.01891 Author/Creator: Kendall, William (fl. 1679) Place Written: Albany, New York Type: Manuscript document signed Date: 1679/10/30 Pagination: 2p. + docket 34 x 21.4 cm

Summary of Content: Kendall states that he is writing to discuss recent incidents of Oneida Indians destroying and plundering colonial settlements, and abducting some women and children. He explains that he is willing to forgive these actions as long as the Oneida agree to cease all attacks, and obey the law that obliges all Indians to stand still and lay down their weapons upon contact with a white man.


Historical Era: Colonization and Settlement, 1585-1763

Keywords/Subjects: American Indian History, Women's History, Children and Family, Wartime Pillaging and Destruction, Military History, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Diplomacy, Treaty, Peace

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