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Letter from James Deane to General Schuyler


Oneida, March 18, 1776.

SIR: Some of the Sachems of this place were with me last evening, and desired me to write your Honour as followeth:

"BROTHER: It is with great pleasure we now inform you of the success of the message sent last summer from Albany to our brethren of Caughnawaga, and the seven tribes in Canada. They have at length arose from their seats, and directed their faces towards our central Council-House, and several days since entered our doors. Some of the Senecas now in Canada insisted upon their going directly to Onondaga; but they refused, alleging as a reason, upon their arrival, that they chose to come first to us, because we were of one heart and one mind with themselves, and as our people were sent to call them, they thought proper to follow the steps of our messengers, and to be led by us to the Council-House of the Six Nations. We are extremely glad to find such a disposition in our brethren, and are in constant expectation of a message from Onondaga to call us to the meeting; and we heartily wish for the Divine assistance to enable us to maintain peace and harmony in this quarter.

"Our brethren from Canada determine, after the meeting, to take the most direct course home, unless you should send and desire an interview with them at Albany. The Sachems and warriors at this place are all in health and peace, and take this opportunity to present our respects to you and Ojageghti, alias Mr˙ Douvi."

Thus far the Sachems.

The Canadian Indians, I believe, sir, have a desire to visit your Honour in their way home, had they but an invitation; and perhaps an interview with them might be improved to very good purpose, especially as the hatchets


(which the humane Mr˙ Johnson dispersed among them) are still in their hands, and some of their people are considerably influenced by the Senecas, who have ever been unfriendly to the Colonies.

I am, sir, your most obedient and very humble servant,


To General Schuyler.