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    Wyoming Valley Land Swindle Document. Two pages, 7.75" x 12", n.p., c. 1760-1762. This fascinating and important transcribed manuscript records the words of a delegation from the Six Nations protesting to an unknown party(most likely the Connecticut-based Susquehannah Company who wanted to settle the valley) the prospect of white settlement in the Wyoming Valley of Pennsylvania. In part: "Brothers we are Sent hither & has pleased god that we are got safe to the place to See[.] we are Sent by our the Chiefs of all the Six Nations A Belt given - Now our Brothers we are Come from the whole Chiefs and they understand that you are not all that Sound within & we give this to clear your Eyes that you may See us. & Open your Ears that you may hear & cleanse your Hearts that you may entertain Cordially what we shall speak to you. . . . Brothers we have no writings of it but we have a Tradition that this is an Island or Continent, which god the maker of all Things has given to the Six Nations and made them a Strong NA people. . . . Brother we have heard very Grievous News this Winter from that you were about to Come with Three hundred Families to Settle on our Lands. . . . what little we have left we intend to keep for ourselves." This important document illustrates the complexity and misunderstanding in frontier diplomacy between the newly-arrived Europeans and the native Americans. Has a clear fold separation which has been repaired. Also moderately toned with dampstains. Near very good.

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