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

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03107.02146 Author/Creator: Burnet, William (1688-1729) Place Written: Albany, New York Type: Manuscript document Date: 1722/09/07 Pagination: 5p. + docket 33.1 x 21.4 cm

Summary of Content: William Burnet, the Governor of Pennsylvania, invites the 5 Nations to renew the covenant chain between them. He recalls an unhappy incident in which 2 men from Pennsylvania killed an Indian of the 5 Nations in the midst of an argument over the sale of rum. Burnet expresses his sorrow over the incident, and assures the Indians that the guilty men are in prison and will be tried as if they had killed a Christian man. A sizeable portion of the document is missing due to damage. Signed by Robert Livingston, Secretary of Indian Affairs.

People: Burnet, William, 1688-1729
Livingston, Robert, 1654-1728

Historical Era: Colonization and Settlement, 1585-1763

Subjects: American Indian HistoryMohawk IndianReligionMilitary HistoryDiplomacyGovernment and CivicsTreatyMerchants and TradeCommerceFinanceAlcoholDeathPrisonerLawCrimeCriminals and Outlaws

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