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    A rare letter from Mohawk leader Joseph Brandt

    Joseph Brandt (c. 1742-1807) Mohawk chief and British officer in the American Revolutionary War, rare Letter Signed "Jos. Brant", one page, 7.25" x 12", "Ancaster" [Ontario], January 5, 1801 to David William Smith in York, Ontario concerning a large cache of rum. He writes: "If you recollect when Governour Simcoe Went to Detroit his Excellency was pleased to order Mr. Daniel Springer to give the Indians ten Gallons of rum which has since been paid to the said Springer, and as you was present, I wish you would (if possible) see him paid, I have Mentioned it to Several of the Gentlemen That were present, but it seems that if has slipt [sic] Their Memory, if any thing can e done I wish you would let me Know, as I am going to the River Johnson very son, and shall see Mr. Springer..." During the Revolutionary War , Brandt led warriors of four Iroquois nations allied with Great Britain and was appointed captain in the British Army. He was made infamous for the Wyoming Valley "massacre," a Loyalist and Indian raid on a Pennsylvania settlement that resulted in the deaths of hundreds. As later determined by historians, Brandt was not even present. Indeed, though, he was known as "Monster Brandt" by the Americans. But in actuality, he was a voice of moderation and restraint during the struggle. Following the war, he migrated with his followers to the Grand River region of Ontario that was granted to them in thanks for their loyal service. For the remainder of his life he attempted to form a pan-Indian alliance to resist further encroachment on western lands by the United States. His efforts were unsuccessful, but the struggle would be continued by Shawnee leader Tecumseh. Usual folds, else very fine condition. A very difficult example to obtain; this is perhaps the finest to come to market in decades. From the Henry E. Luhrs Collection. Accompanied by LOA from PSA/DNA.

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