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From the Johnson Papers, Volume VIII, page 938


A. L. S. (1)

Johnson Hall, Decb(r). 8th. 1773;

Since my last, with the Proceedings at the late Congress have received an Account that one George Klock a fellow of notorious bad Character who has long by various Artifices continued to defraud the Indians in Land Matters, and create Divisions amongst them, who would formerly have suffered capitally but for my mistaken lenity, & who since was concerned in sending over two Indians to England which highly displeased his Majesty, has lately gone to New York, or Philadelphia, with three Stragling Indians originally of Conajohare, but Persons of no consequence, with design to carry them to London on some mischevious purpose in which he is interested, Imediately acquainted the Governor with this, that he might be apprehended but Should he have eluded a search & got off, I must request you will give the earliest intelligence which y(e) situation at New York will best enable you to do to his Majestys Ministers, that the Conajoharees & lower Mohocks are highly exasperated ; at this fresh Instance of his behaviour and have entreated that he may be punished, & the Indians sent back to them, as they are carried off without y(e). Consent of their Nation, and without my Passport which it is necessary they should have on any such Expedition.

The Post is Just going off so that I have not time to add more at present, but shall in my next point out many Matters relative to the State of the Ind(n). Department which I shall treat in a seperate Subject, so that You may if you think proper make use of it with his Majesty's Ministers or otherwise as is most proper.--I am with true regard, Dear Sir,

Your Most Obedient & very Hubmle Servant.
His Excellenty

Indorsed: 73
S(r). Will(m) Johnston
of Decem(r). the 8th
r(e). d(o). the 14th.
Answ'd D(o). 17th.

1 In British Museum. Additional Manuscripts 21670. fo. 101, London, England.



[Kingston Decb(r). 9th. 1774]
[ ]I have your favour of [ ] and at your Request I have Provided you a pair of Mill Stones, Delivered at our Landing, I Could not Git Any opportunity To Send Them To you, To albany The Season of the Year, Was So far Spent, that there Was no Sloops, to Carry them up. To Albany, So you Will Be oblidged to Send for them this Winter, To fetch Them With Sleds;-I hope the Stones Will Please you. They Be of the Best Sort, they be 4 feet 7 or 8 Inches Diameter ab(t). 13 Inches Through the Eye, I Could Git Them no Cheaper Than £ 18 for the pair Delivered at the Landing -

I also have answered for the 32/ To m(r) Winkoop, But I have not Seen Major Pauling Since I Received your Letter, But I Expect To See Him In a few Days, and I Shall Likewise

(Rest of letter not included. ajb)

Page 970

Contemporary Copy(1)
New York December 22(d): 1773


I had the pleasure of receiving your letter of the 8th: Instant, on the 15th: following, but it came too late to be Answered by the same Post. I enquired of Governor Tryon if he had received any intelligence of George Clock and the Indians he has inticed away, but he has not heard of them and it is not probable that they sailed from hence, as the owners of the Vessels lately Sailed for England know nothing of the matter.

I wrote immediately to Governor Penn to acquaint him of the Affair, and require his Assistance in Endeavouring to send back the Indians if they shou'd come to Embark in any of the Ports of that Province, and by a Vessel sailing in a few Days for London I shall not fail to acquaint the Secretary of State with it, for fear they shou'd have made their Escape unknown

I am informed that there are a number of Indians now Assembled on the Wabash, I shall be glad to have from you the Earliest intelligence of their intentions, there is an Account in the Publick Papers of a number of Virginians who on their way to the Falls of the Ohio, were attacked and most of them Killed by a party of Indians, I wish it may cool the Ardour and Rashness of our Emigrants.
I am with very great Regard,
Dear Sir

Since writing the above I am informed that an old Dutchman, named Clock, with One Indian only, went on Board the Snow Sir William Johnson, Captain Dean, just before she Sailed from the Narrows for London


Indorsed: Copy) TO

Sir William Johnson Bart.
Hist Majesty's Sole Agent and Superintendent of the Affairs of the Indian Nations in the Northern District at Johnson hall
New York December 22d: 1773

1 In British Museum. Additional Manuscripts 21670. fo. 105. London, England.

Johnson Papers, Volume IV, page 657
To Smith and Rutherford ETC.

In the Johnson Calendar, p. 257-58, are listed the following papers which were destroyed by fire: a letter of February 27th from William Nelles, Lenerd Helmer and Sefrinnes Deigert, Canajohary, asking Johnson to meet the company at the house of William Fox to arrange for releases in the patent of George Klock and William Nelles: on of the 17th to Messrs Smith and Rutherfurd, exhibiting pleasure at the information that the Society for the Promotion of the Arts has no purpose to annoy England, discussing the low state of agriculture and want of enterprise in the Mohock country, also high wages and tippling habits, and speakinf of his example in the introduction fo seeds, grass and sheep and his labors for the settlement of the country. (printed in Doc. Hist. N. Y. 4:348-50: Q, 4:221-22): and one of the 28th from P. Silvester, Albany, regarding Johnson's runaway tenant, Joseph Cathcart, against whom writs have been issued on behalf of Johnson and Adam Garlick, and Cathcart's desire to settle the suit.


A. L. S.

[February 29, 1765]

[ ]

the Patents sent us [ ]
were Cases which [ ]
Kings Additional Instruction [ ]
the Council are now of Opinion [ ]
the Letter or Intention of that [ ]
as you will observe to the Receit of the [ ]
Us to the two first of these Petitions [ ]
more than that M(r). DuBois will I believe [ ]
you himself respecting these.

As to the 3d. that of Coenradt Frank & other [ ]
Acres; These Lands are what they though prop[ ]
first to leave out of the Grant 34000 Acres w[ ]
we were both interested ; I inclose you a Copy [ ]
Agreement signed by Frank, which secures [ ]
our Proportion of these 5000 Acres.

The 4th. William Cunningham's, is a Case you know as much about as I do. I send you a Copy of Cunningham's Agreement: the Original is in my Hands, and will compel Cunningham to convey the 400 Acre Lott, half to the Bearer Adam Pearce, Miller's Brother in Law, and the other half to such or all of Miller's children as you think proser. Cunningham left £20 or £30 in M(r). A Colden's Hands, but this will not be enough.

I have prepared the Certificates proper to be signed by you in these two Cases, but it Cunningham's is not a part of the general Purchase of the German Flatts as I have some Doubts about, you will alter the Certificate and make it proper.

The 5th. and last, is a Tract on which M(r). Corry deceased
[ ]Years [ ]
[ I for Wood Land. The Indians
[ ] not Strictly fair and honest.
[ ]ss, you will have no Objection against
[ 1 is the End of the Copy of the Indian Deed to
[ ] and Starnberger &c a Certificate to the
I 1 of what I sent you inclosed. I could not think it proper to send the Original Indian Deeds tor fear of an Accident. You know as well as I do that in all modern Indian Purchases the Method is first to apply to the Castle, who make the Agreement and then send Out two or three of their People to run out the Land. I have attempted with the little Influence I have, to get these old Affairs rubbed off, and have at last succeeded. I hope you will do all you can to give the finishing Hand, observing to be as accurate as possible, least any further Difficulties may be raised.

I had the Pleasure of just seeing under my Roof, your Son and Son in Law, to whom I pray my Compliments. I was sorry to part with them so soon but I flatter my self, nay I almost vow, Health permitting maugre all other Obstacles to see and spend at least a Week with you and yours the latter End of May. Till then I must defer many Things some of which I should be glad to mention now, but the poor Man the Bearer has--greatly contrary to my Inclination, been detained too long already--
I am D(r) Sir William
Your affectionate &
obed. humble Servant

Sir William Johnson Bart.

Addressed: Sir William Johnson

Indorsed: [ ]
[ ] wth.
[ ] ures
[ ] Purchases
[ ] Indians--

(Sections in brackets missing.)

Volume X, Johnson Papers, page 828
Journal of Indian Congress
A. D.
(In Canadian Archives, Indian Records, Vol. 9; in Johnson's hand.) Note Words italicized and in brackets are crossed out in manuscript.
[Sept 1-28, 1763]
Saturday 3d.--the Conajoharees arrived, also severall of the Cayugas, Oneidaes, & four Senecas. With the former I had a private Meeting [relati] concerning their Lands in dispute w(th) Klock (Ury) &c. when I told them M(r). Duncan, (John) Rutherford (Walter) & (cas). proposal w(h) was to release to them the Lnds they lived on & occupied, as long as they chose to remain thereon--then to revert to them the Pattentees or their Heirs offering them a present of 150 pounds--I thn desired [that] to know their Sentiments regarding the same, that I might the better be enabled to Speak to y(e), other Party, at the same time giveing them a charge to act honestly, and consided if they did otherwise it would be offensive to their Maker.

Donated by Margaret Johnson

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