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    Seneca Indian Archive - Autograph Letter Signed Completely in Seneca and a Document Signed by 24 Indians Including the Famous Seneca White Two pages, 8" x 10". The first item in this group is a very attractive full-page autograph letter signed of Seneca White (Indian name: Nis-Ha-Nea-Nent) completely in his native language and untranslated. He was an important Seneca Indian Chief who represented his tribe in various negotiations throughout the 1830s and 1840s. He was a contemporary of Red Jacket, yet exerted even more influence within his tribe during the period of Red Jacket's decline in favor.

    The next item also bears his closely matching signature and was done some seven years after the letter. The document reads, "It is hereby certified that a counsel of the Seneca Nation held on the Cattaraugus Reservation on the 22nd Day of February, 1847 Mans B. Pierce and Joseph Silverheels were duly appointed a delegation to proceed to Albany, and Washington City, DC, for the purpose of carrying out the views and intentions of the said counsel by presenting a memorial of the Chiefs and Warriors of the Seneca Tribe of Indians to the Legislature of New York..." It is signed by 24 of these chiefs and warriors. Some of the Anglicized names and those that are more recognizable include Seneca White, George Silverheels, John Tall Chief, and John Jacket Big Fire. Most, being not literate, have signed with an "X", however, Seneca White has fully and legibly signed his name. It can be assumed that the two items are related, since they were at one time attached as is evidenced by the residual blue on the verso of each. A phenomenal pair!


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