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Ebenezer Cleveland, journal, 1768 October 18

ms-number: 768568.1

[note (type: abstract): Cleveland reports on the Indian Congress at Fort Stanwix.][note (type: handwriting): The document is written in Wheelock’s hand; it is informal, small and cramped. The signature appears to be in Cleveland's hand.][note (type: paper): Large single sheet is in poor condition, with heavy staining, creasing and wear that results in some loss of text. There is also damage from remnants of tape along both sides and the bottom. There is some tape remaining on the central horizontal crease.][note (type: ink): Black ink is faded in spots.][note (type: noteworthy): This document is possibly a copy or draft.]

Lebanon[place0122.ocp] [Oct.r | October]Oct.rOctober 18. 1768

In [purſuance | pursuance]purſuancepursuance of a [Commiſsn | Commission]CommiſsnCommission [& | and]&and orders [rec.d | received]rec.dreceived
from the [Revd | Rev.]RevdRev. [Doctr | Dr.]DoctrDr. Wheelock[pers0036.ocp] I [Sat | set]Satset out with [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. [Allen | Allyn]AllenAllyn Mather[pers0361.ocp] on a
Tour to wait upon [above] [ye | the]yethe [honble | honorable]honblehonorable[ye | the]yethe [honble | honorable]honblehonorable Sir William [Johnſon | Johnson]JohnſonJohnson[pers0292.ocp] Baronet [Superintendant | Superintendent]SuperintendantSuperintendent of
Indian [above] affairsaffairs in North America[place0170.ocp], and their Excellencies the [Governers | governors]Governersgovernors of the
Several Provinces [concernd | concerned]concerndconcerned in [above] the [Buſineſs | business]Buſineſsbusiness ofthe [Buſineſs | business]Buſineſsbusiness of the [Congreſs | congress]Congreſscongress of the Several Tribes and [below] herehere
[illegible]Convened by Sir William[pers0292.ocp]s Order at Fort Stanwix[place0081.ocp], with a Memorial to the
[Sd | said]Sdsaid Governors [above] [&c | etc.]&cetc.[&c | etc.]&cetc. from [Doct.r | Dr.]Doct.rDr. Wheelock[pers0036.ocp] in favour of thise [Deſign | design]Deſigndesign of Introdu‐
‐cing [Miſsionaries | missionaries]Miſsionariesmissionaries [& | and]&and School[above] [maſters | masters]maſtersmasters[maſters | masters]maſtersmasters among their Remote Tribes. [&c. | etc.]&c.etc.
We arrived at Fort Stanwix[place0081.ocp] [Octr | October]OctrOctober 25[1768-10-25]. and found the Six Nations[org0090.ocp]; Some
Delawares[org0038.ocp], [Shawaneſe | Shawnees]ShawaneſeShawnees[org0089.ocp], and Some from [Cognawaga | Kahnawake]CognawagaKahnawake[place0043.ocp] [& | and]&and others to the Number of
more than three [Thouſand | thousand]Thouſandthousand [above] 31203120. Condolation of their [Loſs | loss]Loſsloss of a Number of their Chief men,
and mutual [Speaches | Speeches]SpeachesSpeeches and Belts of Peace to Strengthen [& | and]&and brighten the chain of [Friendſhip | friendship]Friendſhipfriendship,
which was the [Buſineſs | business]Buſineſsbusiness of two Days, being [paſt | past]paſtpast. I Soon found the Attention of the
[Cheifs | chiefs]Cheifschiefs to the [Buſineſs | business]Buſineſsbusiness of the [Congreſs | congress]Congreſscongress, was Such, as forbid any treaty with them [above] [publickly | publicly]publicklypublicly on [mattrs | matters]mattrsmatters of Religion,[publickly | publicly]publicklypublicly on [mattrs | matters]mattrsmatters of Religion, [till | 'til]till'til [illegible]
that was [finiſhed | finished]finiſhedfinished. I continued eleven days and [converſed | conversed]converſedconversed with Numbers and
ma[illegible][guess (h-dawnd): k]kde Several [obſervations | observations]obſervationsobservations on the great difficulties [& | and]&and [Embarraſsments | embarrassments]Embarraſsmentsembarrassments in the
way to [above] [ye | the]yethe[ye | the]yethe [chriſtianizing | Christianizing]chriſtianizingChristianizing them. 1. Such a long [Cuſtom | custom]Cuſtomcustom to [above] inin their Savages [Practiſes | practices]Practiſespractices — as
has made them even a [2.d | second]2.dsecond Nature and Such [atachment | attachment]atachmentattachment to them as nothing but
the Power of Divine Grace can [altar | alter]altaralter. — 2. their Manner of living [above] beingbeing Such as
Naturally creates and promotes [above] in [ym | them]ymthemin [ym | them]ymthem an [inſatiable | insatiable]inſatiableinsatiable [thirſt | thirst]thirſtthirst for Strong Drink. So that
the Nearer [above] they live tothey live to their [almoſt | almost]almoſtalmost Heathen [Uropean | European]UropeanEuropean [Neighbours | neighbors]Neighboursneighbors come to them and the more
of their Traders deal among them the [Worſe | worse]Worſeworse and more Wretched they are made
and [unleſs | unless]unleſsunless this evil can be [remidied | remedied ]remidiedremedied they [muſt | must]muſtmust continue to [Waſt | waste]Waſtwaste away as the
Dew before the [riſing | rising]riſingrising Sun.
3. [above] The Generality ofThe Generality of Their [Neareſt | nearest]Neareſtnearest [Uropean | European]UropeanEuropean [Neighbours | neighbors]Neighboursneighbors appearing to be far from any [deſire | desire]deſiredesire to promote
true Religion and [above] or So much asor So much as civilization among them, their Traders continually preying upon
them, and [above] somesome Gentlemen [illegible]of Character who treat with them upon important Secular
affairs, and [whoſe | whose]whoſewhose Examples are [moſt | most]moſtmost likely to influence them, being Irreligious
[& | and]&and [debauchd | debauched]debauchddebauched, taking their females into their [Laſciveous | lascivious]Laſciveouslascivious [above] impureimpure Embraces [&c | etc.]&cetc. [&c | etc.]&cetc. gives them
a bad Idea of the people who [profeſs | profess]profeſsprofess the knowledge of the True God, and naturally
Settles them in [above] aa better opinion of their [Paganiſm | paganism]Paganiſmpaganism which has not So much Debauchery
in it — and [above] inin an [abhorrance | abhorrence]abhorranceabhorrence of the [chriſtian | christian]chriſtianchristian Religion.
4. The Tribes who live [Neareſt | nearest]Neareſtnearest [above] [& | and]&and [moſt | most]moſtmost [exposd | exposed]exposdexposed[& | and]&and [moſt | most]moſtmost [exposd | exposed]exposdexposed to Europeans being [moſt | most]moſtmost [Exposd | exposed]Exposdexposed, and much the
[moſt | most]moſtmost corrupted thereby much [above] greatlygreatly [increaſes | increases]increaſesincreases the Prejudices of remoter Nations [above] TribesTribes
who [illegible]have not able [above] [understg | understanding]understgunderstanding enough and [Scarſely | scarcely]Scarſelyscarcely opportunity if they had.[understg | understanding]understgunderstanding enough and [Scarſely | scarcely]Scarſelyscarcely opportunity if they had. to [diſtinguiſh | distinguish]diſtinguiſhdistinguish between those who are truly religious [& | and]&and Such
as may hardly [above] [deſerve | deserve]deſervedeserve[deſerve | deserve]deſervedeserve [illegible][guess (h-dawnd): bear]bear the [chriſtian | christian]chriſtianchristian Name.— Sir William [Johnſon | Johnson]JohnſonJohnson[pers0292.ocp] told me that
me that Some of the [cheifs | chiefs]cheifschiefs with Whom he [converſed | conversed]converſedconversed [above] on [y.e | the]y.ethe Headon [y.e | the]y.ethe Head objected that [illegible][guess (h-dawnd): [Badneſs | badness]Badneſsbadness of][Badneſs | badness]Badneſsbadness of [above] thatthat the
[Mohocks | Mohawks]MohocksMohawks[org0062.ocp] [above] who are Surrounded by Such white [ppll | people]ppllpeoplewho are Surrounded by Such white [ppll | people]ppllpeople who have had the Gospel preached to them more than Others were made
[worſe | worse]worſeworse by it, and that they [themſelves | themselves]themſelvesthemselves were waiting to See a better Effect before
they would Embrace [above] receivereceive the Gospel.
But on the Other hand there were Some things that [above] whichwhich appeared not a little
[Incouraging | encouraging]Incouragingencouraging. 1. that the [Onoidas | Oneidas]OnoidasOneidas[org0075.ocp] to Whom the Gospel has been [Succeſsfully | successfully]Succeſsfullysuccessfully [preachd | preached]preachdpreached
encamped by [themſelves | themselves]themſelvesthemselves and looked behaved [& | and]&and [talkd | talked]talkdtalked like [Chriſtians | Christians]ChriſtiansChristians, excepting a few of them
their air, and Temper was [modeſt | modest]modeſtmodest, kind, humble [&c | etc.]&cetc. [inſomuch | insomuch]inſomuchinsomuch that Strangers took notice
of it, a Number of them [appeard | appeared]appeardappeared much grieved [& | and]&and their [above] Souls vexedSouls vexed Hearts [depreſsd | depressed]depreſsddepressed on [accot | account]accotaccount of the
[wickedneſs | wickedness]wickedneſswickedness [y.t | that]y.tthat was committed round about them. I [diſcourſed | discoursed]diſcourſeddiscoursed with a Number of them
of the things of Religion, [& | and]&and they [Seemd | seemed]Seemdseemed glad of the Opportunity, and [Appeard | appeared]Appeardappeared to be
truly [& | and]&and genuinely Affected with the Same. Which appeared to me [above] I [tho't | thought]tho'tthoughtI [tho't | thought]tho'tthought abundantly to [com
‐penſated | com‐
all Charge [above] the [Labr | labor]Labrlaborthe [Labr | labor]Labrlabor [& | and]&and [Expence | expense]Expenceexpense for them we [therto | thereto]thertothereto [beſtowed | bestowed]beſtowedbestowed for them.—
2. [illegible]By private [converſation | conversation]converſationconversation with the [Cheifs | chiefs]Cheifschiefs of Several Tribes they [appeard | appeared]appeardappeared willing to
have [Miſsionaries | missionaries]Miſsionariesmissionaries [& | and]&and [School Maſters | schoolmasters]School Maſtersschoolmasters come among them. And [choſe | chose]choſechose that they
Should come [above] upon their Groundupon their Ground in order to Settle the Affair of their Receiving them, as the
[Buſineſs | business]Buſineſsbusiness of [ye | the]yethe [congreſs | congress]congreſscongress would not allow them then to [conſult | consult]conſultconsult [& | and]&and deliberat[gap: tear][guess (h-dawnd): e]e
[gap: tear] it at that Time. Towards the close of [ye | the]yethe [congreſs | congress]congreſscongress [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Kir[gap: tear][guess (h-dawnd): tland]tland[pers0315.ocp]
[gap: tear][guess (h-dawnd): Chr]Chr[iſtian | istian]iſtianistian Indians received him with all [poſsible | possible]poſsiblepossible [Expreſsions | expressions]Expreſsionsexpressions of Joy. his [gap: tear]
The Seneca General[pers1810.ocp] who had behaved [himſelf | himself]himſelfhimself well in the [congreſs | congress]congreſscongress, [Seemd | seemed]Seemdseemed much animated by
[above] his cominghis coming and Solicited him, as did others of the Senecas[org0088.ocp] to [viſit | visit]viſitvisit that Tribe again. —
I also Saw one from [illegible][guess (h-dawnd): [Cochnawaga | Kahnawake]CochnawagaKahnawake][Cochnawaga | Kahnawake]CochnawagaKahnawake[place0043.ocp] near Montreal[place0145.ocp], who [deſired | desired]deſireddesired to know if he could
get his Son into [D.r | Dr.]D.rDr. Wheelocks School[org0098.ocp], and [manifeſted | manifested]manifeſtedmanifested a great [deſire | desire]deſiredesire to Send him
I told him there was talk of the School[org0098.ocp]'s going to [cowas | Coos]cowasCoos[place0044.ocp]. he Said if it [ſhod | should]ſhodshould
be [fixd | fixed]fixdfixed there he [beleived | believed]beleivedbelieved that many of that Tribe [wod | would]wodwould Send [y.r | their]y.rtheir children to it.
— while the [Buſineſs | business]Buſineſsbusiness of The [Congreſs | congress]Congreſscongress [laſted | lasted]laſtedlasted Rum was withheld, and [illegible][modderation | moderation]modderationmoderation
harmony [& | and]&and decency was [maintaind | maintained]maintaindmaintained through the whole. [y.e | The]y.eThe whole was conducted
with great Deliberation and great care taken to [above] [y.t | that]y.tthat all parties [ſhod | should]ſhodshould[y.t | that]y.tthat all parties [ſhod | should]ſhodshould be mutually [underſtood | understood]underſtoodunderstood
when the [Buſineſs | business]Buſineſsbusiness of the [Congreſs | congress]Congreſscongress was Ended before the Treat [above] RumRum was given out to them
Sir William [Johnſon | Johnson]JohnſonJohnson[pers0292.ocp] [above] [& | and]&and[& | and]&and his Family and removed in the Night and [adviſed | advised]adviſedadvised that it was
[Safeſt | safest]Safeſtsafest for all [ye | the]yethe [Engliſh | English]EngliſhEnglish to remove as Soon as they could which they accordingly
did. I tarried [till | 'til]till'til about 10' [oClock | o'clock]oClocko'clock in [ye | the]yethe morning [above] it being [Sabath | Sabbath]SabathSabbath Dayit being [Sabath | Sabbath]SabathSabbath Day when the Rum had been
delivered out about [above] not more thannot more than two hours, in [conſequence | consequence]conſequenceconsequence of which I beheld a Scene too
[awfull | awful]awfullawful [& | and]&and horrid to [deſcribe | describe]deſcribedescribe. the Whole [Streat | street]Streatstreet [& | and]&and place of Parade was [filld | filled]filldfilled with
[Drunkeneſs | drunkenness]Drunkeneſsdrunkenness nothing to be heard or Seen but [hollaring | hollering]hollaringhollering Yelling and fighting as [tho' | though]tho'though
hell [itſelf | itself]itſelfitself had broke [looſe | loose]looſeloose, in which we heard that four were [killd | killed]killdkilled before we came
away [above] [& | and]&and in this the [Mohocks | Mohawks]MohocksMohawks[org0062.ocp] were not behind any of their Brethren[& | and]&and in this the [Mohocks | Mohawks]MohocksMohawks[org0062.ocp] were not behind any of their Brethren — here the [Behaviour | behavior]Behaviourbehavior of the few Sober and godly [perſons | persons]perſonspersons among them did
in the [Strangeſt | strangest]Strangeſtstrangest Light exemplify those metaphors [above] used for Such a [purpoſe | purpose]purpoſepurpose viz.used for Such a [purpoſe | purpose]purpoſepurpose viz. as the Apple Tree among the
Trees of the wood [&c | etc.]&cetc.: as the [lilly | lily]lillylily among Thorns — as Sheep Among Wolves. [&c | etc.]&cetc.
and they Separated [above] [themſelves | themselves]themſelvesthemselves[themſelves | themselves]themſelvesthemselves from among them as [faſt | fast]faſtfast as they could. — this Scene as it
was no more than was [above] isis common upon Such [occaſions | occasions]occaſionsoccasions. led me to the [pleaſing | pleasing]pleaſingpleasing [con‐
‐ſideration | con‐
3. that they had in this [Congreſs | congress]Congreſscongress alienated Such a large Body of their Lands that
they would not likely have the like [Occaſion | occasion]Occaſionoccasion [above] for a [Congreſs | congress]Congreſscongressfor a [Congreſs | congress]Congreſscongress for many Years to come, and the
[Mohocks | Mohawks]MohocksMohawks[org0062.ocp]
who were the [worſt | worst]worſtworst of the Tribes, will likely never have another [above] occasionoccasion as
all the[illegible][guess (h-dawnd): [se][se Lands [above] they can Sparethey can Spare are now [illegible][guess (h-dawnd): [abt | about]abtabout][abt | about]abtabout gone. The Lands they Sold (as I was [informd | informed]informdinformed) was [abot | about]abotabout
800 miles in Length [& | and]&and 100 in [Bredth | breadth]Bredthbreadth.
The Religious Indians of [Kanawarohare | Kanawalohale]KanawarohareKanawalohale[place0114.ocp] [Seemd | seemed]Seemdseemed much afraid that great [miſcheif | mischief]miſcheifmischief
would be done [above] to themto them by the Tribes who were to return [thro' | through]thro'through that Town.—
and Upon the whole it fully [above] asas [appeard | appeared]appeardappeared that Whoever [ingages | engages]ingagesengages in the Work of [chriſt
‐ianizing | Christ‐
them have not only to encounter [above] not onlynot only perils from [y.e | the]y.ethe heathen but perils
from [falſe | false]falſefalse Brethren, and Such [obſtinate | obstinate]obſtinateobstinate prejudices, and [mountanous | mountainous]mountanousmountainous Difficulties
as that the Remnant that are Saved will commonly appear to be Brands [pluckd | plucked]pluckdplucked
out of the Burning.
[ſir | Sir]ſirSir [Wm | William]WmWilliam [Johnſon | Johnson]JohnſonJohnson[pers0292.ocp] renewed the [above] hishis [Teſtimonials | testimonials]Teſtimonialstestimonials of his [Friendſhip | friendship]Friendſhipfriendship to the [Deſign | design]Deſigndesign
and his [promiſe | promise]promiſepromise to countenance and Suitably encourage [above] allall Such [Miſsionaries | missionaries]Miſsionariesmissionaries and
[School Maſters | schoolmasters]School Maſtersschoolmasters as [above] [D.r | Dr.]D.rDr. Wheelock[pers0036.ocp][D.r | Dr.]D.rDr. Wheelock[pers0036.ocp] Shall See fit to Send among them.
The foregoing is a [faithfull | faithful]faithfullfaithful [Repreſentation | representation]Repreſentationrepresentation of matters there[above] inin Related, according
to My [underſtanding | understanding]underſtandingunderstanding and [Apprehenſion | apprehension]Apprehenſionapprehensions of the Same in [Teſtimony | testimony]Teſtimonytestimony Whereof
I have [here unto | hereunto]here untohereunto Set my Hand this 21 Day of [Novemb.r | November]Novemb.rNovember 1768[1768-11-21].
[Ebenzer. | Ebenezer]Ebenzer.Ebenezer Cleaveland[pers0131.ocp]
[Rev.d | Rev.]Rev.dRev. [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Cleveland[pers0131.ocp]'s
Journal at [ye | the]yethe [Congreſs | congress]Congreſscongress
[Oct.r | October]Oct.rOctober 18. 1768[1768-10-18].
Six Nations
The Six Nations (often called the Haudenosaunee or Iroquois) is a confederacy composed of the Mohawks, Oneidas, Onondagas, Cayugas, Senecas, and Tuscaroras. The first five tribes unified at some point before European contact (dates differ by centuries), and the Tuscaroras joined them in 1722, after colonial violence drove the tribe out of Carolina. The Haudenosaunee occupied much of what is now central New York, and, thus, were sandwiched between French, English, and Dutch territories. They allied with the English against the French early on, just as their arch-enemies, the Huron, allied with the French. Despite the Six Nations’ unity, the constituent nations experienced European contact in different ways. The Mohawks and Oneidas, as the two easternmost tribes, had by far the most contact with the English, while the Senecas and Cayugas, the westernmost nations, had little contact with the English (although both hosted French Jesuit missionaries). Mohawk territory was the site of Johnson Hall, the administrative center and home of Sir William Johnson, the British Superintendent for Indian Affairs in the Northeast. The Oneidas, meanwhile, played host to several prominent Anglo-American missionaries and were thought of as the most Christianized Haudenosaunee tribe by many colonists. Eleazar Wheelock became fixated on the Haudenosaunee soon after he established Moor’s Indian Charity School in 1754. He saw in them the opportunity for a fresh start, since he believed that New England Indians had assimilated to Anglo-American norms in all the wrong ways (too much rum, too little Christianity). Wheelock established contact with the Haudenosaunee through Sir William Johnson and made the Mohawks and Oneidas the focal point of his missionary efforts for much of the 1760s. The American Revolution had dramatic repercussions for the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. The Mohawks, Senecas, Onondagas, and Cayugas sided with the British, while the Oneidas and Tuscaroras sided with the Americans. Since all Haudenosaunee hold membership in both a tribe (Mohawk, Oneida, etcetera) and a matrilineal clan (bear, wolf, and others), the tribes’ divergent alliances brought about political schism and violence within extended families. Furthermore, Haudenosaunee territory was devastated during the war, especially in General Sullivan’s 1779 raid on Cayuga and Seneca territory. After the Revolution, many Haudenosaunee who had affiliated with the British relocated to the Grand River Reserve in Canada, while many of the Oneidas and Tuscaroras remained in New York. The Haudenosaunee at the Grand River Reserve established their own council fire, which operated in parallel with the original council fire at Onondaga. Today, both council fires are still active, and each tribe also has its own independent government (as do displaced Haudenosaunee populations, such as the Oneidas of Wisconsin).
Delaware Tribe
The Delaware Tribe, or Lenape Tribe, is a conglomeration of linguistically and culturally similar Native American groups that initially inhabited the mid-Atlantic region, including New Jersey, Pennsylvania, eastern Connecticut, and southeastern New York. The three main groups comprising the Delawares are the Munsees, Unamis, and Unalaqtgos. Several Delawares attended Moor’s Indian Charity School, including some of Wheelock’s earliest students. Because the Delawares were not a politically unified entity, contact with Europeans and subsequent conflict over land and trade proved especially devastating for them. During 17th-century battles over trade access, the Delawares found themselves in conflict with the Dutch and the English as well as with other Native American groups that wanted to trade with Europeans. By the time the Dutch left in the mid-17th century, the Delawares were tributaries of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois). Scholars estimate that by 1750, through a combination of war and disease, the Delaware population had fallen by as much as 90 percent. Many Delawares responded to the situation by leaving. Some migrated west with Moravian missionaries; others joined different tribes, including the Cayugas in New York and the Stockbridge Mahicans in Massachusetts (who later migrated to Oneida territory, near Brothertown, NY, and from thence to Wisconsin). Still others migrated to Ohio and ended up in Kansas or Oklahoma as a result of American expansion. Those who stayed oversaw a century of complex treaty negotiation, including two of the more egregious instances of Native American dispossession: the infamous "walking treaty" between the Delawares and the colony of Philadelphia in 1686, and the American government's (unfulfilled) promise to give the Delawares their own fully-enfranchised state in the union for their support during the Revolution. The Delawares played an important role in the history of Moor’s Indian Charity School. John Brainerd, a Presbyterian missionary to the Delaware and a friend of Wheelock’s, sent Wheelock his first “planned” Native American students from among the Delawares in 1754. J. Brainerd also oversaw the establishment of a Christian Delaware settlement at Brotherton, New Jersey in 1758 (not to be confused with Brothertown in Oneida, New York).
Shawnee Tribe
The Shawnee Tribe is an Algonquian-speaking people, who originally occupied lands in southern Ohio, West Virginia and western Pennsylvania. Their name comes from the Algonquian word “shawum” meaning “southerner,” and refers to their original location in the Ohio Valley south of the other Great Lakes Algonquian Tribes. Their history is one of displacement, wandering, and rebellion. The Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) drove them from this region around the 1660s because they wanted their rich hunting lands, and the Shawnees scattered. By 1730, most of them had returned to their ancestral homeland in the Ohio Valley, where they became embroiled in the unrest that characterized that period. In 1761, the Senecas circulated a war belt calling for a general uprising against the British, and the Shawnees were one of only two tribes who responded. This rebellion was discovered and stopped by Sir William Johnson, the British Superintendent of Indian Affairs. The Shawnees also joined the Ottawa Chief Pontiac in his uprising against the British in the spring of 1763. Lord Jeffrey Amherst, the British military commander in North America, ended the siege. Joseph Woolley writes to Wheelock in 1765 about the Shawnees and Delawares coming to Johnson Hall to “polish the covenant chain” with the Haudenosauanees. The Shawnee Tribe participated in the large congress at Fort Stanwix in 1768, and in the summer of 1774, Occom records in his journal that the Shawnees fought with the Virginians in what would become Lord Dunmore’s War, and were rousing other tribes to join them. But because they were severely outnumbered, their chief Cornstalk signed a treaty relinquishing all Shawnee claims south of the Ohio River. Eventually, the tribe scattered again. One band migrated to Missouri, becoming the Absentee Shawnee. Another settled in eastern Oklahoma, and the band that is called the Shawnee Tribe (or Loyal Shawnee, because they fought on the side of the Union during the Civil War) relocated to a small reservation in Kansas. The Shawnee leader Tecumseh and his brother the Shawnee Prophet led another ill-fated uprising against American settlers in the border wars of the Ohio Valley at the turn of the 19th century, founding the pan-Indian Prophetstown settlement in 1808 and fighting on the side of the British in the War of 1812. After Kansas became a state, the non-Indian citizens demanded the removal of all Indians; in 1869 the Loyal Shawnee moved to land in Oklahoma offered to them by the Cherokees, though some Shawnees remained on the reservation in Kansas. In the 1980s, the Shawnees began the process of gaining a separate tribal status; they became a federally recognized tribe in 2000.
Mohawk Nation
The Mohawk Nation is one of the Six Nations of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Confederacy. As the “eastern door” of the Confederacy, or easternmost Haudenosaunee nation, the Mohawks were perceived throughout the colonial period as a gateway to wider alliances, trade, and religious influence with the Six Nations as a whole. Thus, they received heavy missionary attention from Jesuits, Anglicans, and Congregationalists as early as the 17th century. Throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, the Mohawks and Six Nations more generally were a point of heated competition between Britain and France, as well as between Protestant Christian sects. Wheelock sent several missionaries and schoolmasters to the Mohawks between 1765 and 1767, including Theophilus Chamberlain (Anglo-American), Hezekiah Calvin (Delaware), Abraham Major and Minor (Mohawks), Peter (Mohawk), Moses (Mohawk), and Johannes (Mohawk). The two main towns or "castles" that the mission was based at were Canajoharie and Fort Hunter. Two of the most important figures in Mohawk history as it pertains to Moor’s Indian Charity School were Sir William Johnson and Joseph Brant. Sir William Johnson was the British Superintendent of Indian Affairs in the Northeast, one of the most powerful men in British North America. He married into the Mohawk Tribe and had substantial influence among the Six Nations. Initially he supported Wheelock’s missionary project, but by 1769 he was endorsing Anglican missionaries instead. Joseph Brant was Sir William Johnson’s brother-in-law. He was the first of 19 Mohawk students at Moor’s, where he studied from 1761-1763. Although his time at the school was short, Brant entertained a deep affection for it. He went on to be an influential Mohawk war chief and may have protected Dartmouth College from raids during the Revolution. The Revolution fractured the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, with some tribes siding with the colonists and others with the British. The Mohawks sided with the British, and many of them, Joseph Brant included, relocated to the Grand River Reserve in Canada after the war. There was also a substantial Mohawk settlement established by 1700 at Kahnawake in New France (Canada), which hosted Jesuit missionaries. The Kahnawake Mohawks were often called “Canadian Mohawks” and Wheelock recruited students from them after his move to Hanover.
Oneida Nation
The Oneidas are one of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Six Nations. During the 18th century, they were largely considered the most Christianized Haudenosaunee tribe. The Oneidas had a rich tradition of indigenous ministers, including Good Peter, Deacon Thomas, and Isaac Dakayenensere, and played host to several Moor’s missionaries, including Samson Occom, David Fowler, Samuel Ashpo, Joseph Johnson, Joseph Woolley, Titus Smith, and Samuel Kirkland (who went on to found Hamilton Oneida Academy, now Hamilton College). They were also the interpreter James Dean’s adoptive tribe. Notable Oneida towns included Onaquaga, Kanawalohale, and Old Oneida. Onaquaga was the central fire of the Six Nations. By the 18th century, it also had a sizeable contingent of Onondagas and Tuscaroras. Good Peter and Isaac Dakayenensere taught there, as did Joseph Woolley. Kanawalohale and Old Oneida were more predominantly Oneida. The Oneidas were involved in several crucial moments in the history of Moor's Indian Charity School. Onaquaga was the site of the 1765 confrontation between Wheelock and the New England Company, in which the New England Company disrupted Titus Smith's mission, first by sending their own missionary, and second by repossessing Elisha Gunn, the interpreter they had agreed to "loan" to Titus Smith. Left without an interpreter, Titus Smith was forced to abandon his mission (Wheelock repaid the favor a few years later by hiring James Dean away from the New England Company). A few years later, in 1769, Deacon Thomas led the Oneidas in withdrawing all their children from Moor's. The Oneidas' departure struck a devastating blow against Wheelock's Indian education plans, and provided more momentum for his shift to educating predominantly Anglo-Americans. The Oneidas sided with the colonists during the Revolution, but they were still affected by the general devastation in Six Nations territory, especially the Sullivan Expedition (1779). After the Revolution, the Oneidas granted tracts of their land to two Christian Indian organizations: the Brothertown tribe, a composite tribe of Moor’s alumni from New England, and the Stockbridge Indians. It was not long before the groups came into conflict with one another. Encroachment from the new State of New York put increasing pressure on Oneida land, and the Oneidas tried to renegotiate their treaties with the Brothertown and Stockbridge Indians to compensate. The Brothertown and Stockbridge Indians fought back, but by the 1820s all three groups had lost, and many of them relocated to Wisconsin.
Seneca Nation
The Senecas are one of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Six Nations. They are the Westernmost Haudenosaunee tribe and are known as the “Keepers of the Western door,” just as the Mohawks are the “Keepers of the Eastern Door.” During the colonial period, the Senecas were the largest of the Six Nations, in part because they adopted large numbers of Native Americans and even some Europeans to compensate for losses from disease and warfare. (Their most famous adoptee was Mary Jemison, a Scots-Irish woman who spent her life as an adopted Seneca and whose memoirs were written down and published in 1824.) The Jesuits launched missionary efforts among the Senecas, along with the rest of the Six Nations, in the second half of the 17th century. However, the Senecas received fewer Jesuit missionaries than other Haudenosaunee tribes did. This may have been due in part to their close relationship with the British, to whom the Senecas were loyal allies against the French and the Americans. It could also have stemmed from their conflict with the Hurons, another Haudenosaunee-speaking tribe located to the west of the Six Nations. Although the Hurons and Haudenosaunee spoke related languages, they were fierce enemies; because the Senecas were the most western of the Six Nations, they fought the Hurons more often. The Hurons had close ties to the French and hosted numerous Jesuit missionaries, so the Senecas' conflict with the Hurons may have further alienated them from Jesuit efforts. The Senecas also sided with the British during the Revolution, and, in retribution, General Sullivan destroyed their homes and crops during his 1779 rampage through central New York. The Seneca perspective on Sullivan's campaign survives in Jemison's memoirs. After the Revolution, many Mohawks and Cayugas, who had also allied with the British, left central New York. Some moved west, while others moved to the Grand River Reserve in Canada. The Senecas are notable for staying on their lands, where many of them remain today. Samuel Kirkland, an Anglo-American Moor’s Indian Charity School alumnus most famous for his work among the Oneidas, began his career with a mission to the Senecas between January 1765 and spring 1766. He also was adopted by the Senecas. His mission to the Senecas gave him his reputation as an dedicated missionary because of their perceived savagery. Eleazar Wheelock himself had little contact with the Senecas. Kirkland’s Seneca brother by adoption, Tekanada, suggested that he might send his son to Moor’s Indian Charity School, but does not appear to have done so.
Moor’s Indian Charity School
Moor’s Indian Charity School was a grammar school for Native Americans that Eleazar Wheelock opened in North Lebanon, Connecticut in 1754. The school was named for Colonel Joshua Moor, also spelled More, who donated the land and school building. Moor’s was essentially an expansion of the grammar school that Wheelock opened in 1743 to support himself during the fallout from the First Great Awakening, when Wheelock, who'd participated in itinerant ministry during the Awakening, had his salary confiscated by the colony of Connecticut. In December of that year, Samson Occom asked Wheelock to teach him as well. Wheelock's work with Occom was so successful that Wheelock decided to replicate the experiment with other Native American boys. He accepted his first Indian students in 1754, and in 1761 began taking female students as well. Wheelock believed that in time, his school would become just one part of a larger missionary enterprise. He planned to send his Anglo American and Native American students to various tribes as missionaries and schoolmasters, with explicit instructions to pick out the best students and send them back to Moor’s to continue the cycle. His ultimate goal was to turn his school into a model Christian Indian town that would include farms, a college, and vocational training. However, Wheelock’s grand design did not survive the decade. Wheelock lost the vast majority of his Native American students; he fought with many of the best, including Samson Occom, Joseph Johnson, David Fowler, and Hezekiah Calvin, and other former and current students accused him of subjecting Native Americans to disproportionate amounts of manual labor. In 1769, perhaps due to concerns about corporal punishment, the Oneida withdrew all their children from Moor’s. When Wheelock relocated to Hanover in 1769, only two Native American students came with him, and it became clear that Wheelock’s focus was on Dartmouth and that Dartmouth was for white students. After Wheelock’s death in 1779, Moor’s Indian Charity School receded further into the background as John Wheelock, his father’s reluctant successor, stopped taking Indian students. Some Native American students were enrolled in Moor’s until 1850, when the school unofficially closed.

Lebanon is a town located in the state of Connecticut southwest of the town of Hartford. The land that became Lebanon was inhabited at least 10,000 years ago based on the archeological record. By the 1600s, the land was permanently inhabited by the Mohegan Indians, who used the area primarily for hunting. Lebanon was officially formed in 1700 when English settlers consolidated a number of land tracts, including several land grants by the Connecticut General Assembly and lands purchased from the Mohegans. However, these purchases were controversial. In 1659, the Mohegans entrusted their reserve land to Major John Mason, and in the following year, Mason transferred this land to the Connecticut colonial government with the understanding that there would be enough land left for the Mohegans to farm. The Mohegans claimed that they never authorized a transfer to the colonial government and only Mason’s heirs were entrusted with their land. In 1662, Connecticut, which included the Mohegan land that had been entrusted to the Masons, was incorporated by a royal charter. Based on this charter, the colony argued that the land was now the property of the government. In 1687, the colony began granting the Mohegan land to townships, and in 1704 the Masons petitioned the Crown on behalf of the Mohegans, claiming that such transfers of land to townships were illegal. Between the years of 1705 and 1773 legal disputes and controversies persisted, finally ending in a verdict by the Crown against the Mohegans. In 1755, Wheelock received property and housing in Lebanon that he would use as his house and school. While Lebanon was originally incorporated as a part of New London County in 1700, in 1724 it became a part of New Windham, before once again becoming a part of New London County in 1826. Lebanon was central to the American Revolution with half of its adult population fighting for the colonists and hundreds of meetings convened in the town for the revolutionary cause.

North America
Fort Stanwix

Fort Stanwix (also known as Fort Schuyler) is located northeast of Syracuse in present-day Rome, New York. Under the direction of British General John Stanwix, for whom the fort is named, the British began constructing the fort in 1758 in order to control the Oneida Carry, which is the portage path between the Mohawk River and Wood Creek. During the French and Indian War, the British built several forts in the Oneida Carry area, but by August 1756, the British ordered all the forts destroyed when they received word that British posts nearby were quickly falling to the French. In 1758, the British attempted to reoccupy Oneida Carry by building Fort Stanwix. The building of the fort did in fact give the British the dominant position in the area, which they retained throughout the remainder of the French and Indian War. The British Army abandoned the fort in 1765. In October 1768, David Avery wrote a letter to Wheelock describing the possibility of recruiting students for the Indian Charity School from a gathering of Indians from the Six Nations, at Fort Stanwix. This gathering and the negotiations that took place resulted in the signing of the Treaty of Fort Stanwix on November 5, 1768. This treaty, between the British and the Six Nations, Shawnees, Delawares, Mingos and other tribes, delineated territory between the British and the Indians. The treaty drew a boundary line from Fort Stanwix down to the Ohio River, and followed the Ohio River west to where it meets the present-day Tennessee River. During the American Revolution, the colonists built a new fort in place of Fort Stanwix. This fort was named Fort Schuyler but was often referred to as Fort Stanwix.


Settled by Mohawk immigrants from eastern New York state, Kahnawake is a village located on the south shore of the St. Lawrence river in Quebec, Canada, across from Montreal. One of several reserves of the Mohawk tribe in Canada, Kahnawake remained part of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy and was also considered one of the Seven Nations of Canada. In 1664, French Jesuits from New France established a mission in Caughnagawa, one of four "castles" or populous fortified villages along the Mohawk River, and began teaching the inhabitants French and converting them to Catholicism. In 1667, a band of Mohawks under French influence left their traditional land and settled south of Montreal, establishing a village they named Caughnawaga after their home in New York. This village, also the site of a Jesuit mission, became known as Kahnawake. The name Caughnawaga derives from a Mohawk word meaning place of the rapids; Kahnawake, like its namesake, is close to the Lachine Rapids of the St. Lawrence River. Among the migrants was Kateri Tekakwitha, a young Mohawk convert who in 1993 was canonized as a saint of the Catholic Church. New France garrisoned the village as a defense of Montreal, which fell to the British in 1759. Several envoys from Kahnawake attended the important Congress at Fort Stanwix in 1768, which produced a treaty between the British and the Six Nations that substantially increased British territory much further west and set the stage for the next round of hostilities along the Ohio River. After the Six Nations removed all their students from Wheelock's Indian school in 1769, Wheelock began recruiting students from Canada, including Mohawk and mixed race boys (the sons of white captives adopted into the tribe) from Kahnawake. Joseph Brant, an influential Mohawk chief (and graduate of Wheelock's School), had urged the Haudenosaunee to support the British in the Revolutionary War; after the British defeat Brant fled the newly formed U.S. and settled in Kahnawake, where the British were discouraging Native students from attending Wheelock's school.


Montreal is a city in the southwest of the province of Quebec in eastern Canada. Before the arrival of Europeans, present-day Montreal was an Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) village called Hochelaga at the base of the mountain in the middle of the island in the St. Lawrence River. In 1535, Jacques Cartier arrived and named the mountain Mont-Royal. In 1609, Samuel de Champlain founded New France and established a trading post and many Catholic missionaries came to the area to convert the Native peoples to Catholicism. Champlain reported that the St. Lawrence Haudenosaunee of Hochelaga were no longer in St. Lawrence Valley. In 1642, the French established a colony and named it Ville-Marie de Montreal to indicate that it was under the protection of the Virgin Mary. In 1701, the French colonists and the Haudenosaunee signed a peace treaty, yet fighting between the French and English continued throughout the 18th century. During the French and Indian War (1754-1763), the French and British both had Native American allies, and many tribes remained neutral. The Haudenosaunee Confederacy remained neutral for a while and then sided with the British. In 1759, when the French lost Quebec City to the English, the French named Montreal the capital of New France. The French surrendered Montreal to the British in 1760, and in 1763, the signing of the Treaty of Paris officially marked the beginning of British rule (despite the fact that almost the entire population of Montreal was French). In 1775, American troops tried to expand their territory and occupied Quebec for seven months before their defeat by the British. American troops again invaded Montreal during the War of 1812 and were again defeated by the British. Under British rule, Montreal flourished as a fur trade hub. In 1832, Montreal was incorporated as a city, and between 1841 and 1849, it was the capital of the United Canadas. Wheelock hoped to gain students from tribes in Montreal and wrote about his desire to do so, but he also was aware that there would be strong opposition from Catholic priests in the area.


Coos County, pronounced "CO-ahss," named for the Abenaki word for pines, encompasses the northern section or panhandle of New Hampshire bordered on the west by the Connecticut River. The first reference to the area ("Cohoss") appeared in 1704 records of the colony of New Hampshire; it was also spelled Cowass and Coo-ash. Wheelock considered locating his Indian School in this largely unsettled area.


Kanawalohale was a village located in the present-day town of Vernon in central New York state. In the 18th century, it was an Oneida village located about 60 miles west of the Mohawk village Canajoharie. Because the village’s name was similar to the Mohawk village of Canajoharie, many sources conflate the two. Founded in the mid-18th century, Kanawalohale was made up of a cluster of about 40 homes along the Oneida Creek, south of Oneida Lake. The name means head on a post in reference to an enemy soldier's skull displayed in the village. In 1765, David Fowler established an Indian school in Kanawalohale, where Wheelock’s son, Ralph, worked. Between the years of 1765 and 1767, Kanawalohale hosted many of Wheelock's missionaries including Samuel Kirkland, Joseph Johnson, David Avery, and Aaron Kinne. The Indians of Kanawalohale used their relationship with missionaries such as Kirkland to gain prestige over the formerly central Oneida village, Old Oneida. Kirkland often wrote in his journal about the dialogues he had with the Indians at Kanawalohale, who refused to receive his teachings silently. The Christian Indian population grew throughout the 1760s with at least 200 Indians attending church in the village. In 1780, Joseph Brant, a Mohawk allied with the British, led a war party against the revolting colonists, with whom the Oneidas had allied, that destroyed the Oneida village of Kanawalohale. This area is known today as Oneida Castle.

Cleaveland, Ebenezer
Wheelock, Eleazar

Eleazar Wheelock was a New Light Congregationalist minister who founded Dartmouth College. He was born into a very typical Congregationalist family, and began studying at Yale in 1729, where he fell in with the emerging New Light clique. The evangelical network that he built in college propelled him to fame as an itinerant minister during the First Great Awakening and gave him many of the contacts that he later drew on to support his charity school for Native Americans. Wheelock’s time as an itinerant minister indirectly brought about his charity school. When the Colony of Connecticut retroactively punished itinerant preaching in 1743, Wheelock was among those who lost his salary. Thus, in 1743, he began operating a grammar school to support himself. He was joined that December by Samson Occom, a Mohegan Indian, who sought out an education in hopes of becoming a teacher among his people. Occom’s academic success inspired Wheelock to train Native Americans as missionaries. To that end, he opened Moor’s Indian Charity School in 1754 (where he continued to train Anglo-American students who paid their own way as well as students who functionally indentured themselves to Wheelock as missionaries in exchange for an education). Between 1754 and 1769, when he relocated to New Hampshire, Wheelock trained approximately 60 male and female Native American students from nearby Algonquian tribes and from the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) of central New York. At the same time, he navigated the complicated politics of missionary societies by setting up his own board of the Society in Scotland for Propagating Christian Knowledge, although he continued to feud with the Boston Board of the SSPCK and the London Commissioners in Boston (more colloquially called the New England Company). By the late 1760s, Wheelock had become disillusioned with the idea of Native American education. He was increasingly convinced that educating Native Americans was futile (several of his students had failed to conform to his confusing and contradictory standards), and, in late 1768, he lost his connection to the Haudenosaunee. With his inclination and ability to sponsor Native American missionaries largely depleted, Wheelock sought instead to fulfill his ultimate ambition of obtaining a charter and opening a college, which he did in 1769. To fund this new enterprise, Wheelock drew on the £12,000 that Samson Occom had raised for Moor’s Indian Charity School during a two-and-a-half year tour of Great Britain (1765 to 1768). Much of this money went towards clearing land and erecting buildings in New Hampshire for the Charity School’s relocation — infrastructure that also happened to benefit Dartmouth. Many of Wheelock’s contemporaries were outraged by what they saw as misuse of the money, as it was clear that Dartmouth College was not intended for Indians and that Moor’s had become a side project. Although Wheelock tried to maintain at least some commitment to Native American education by recruiting students from Canadian communities, the move did a great deal of damage to his public image. The last decade of Wheelock’s life was not easy. In addition to the problems of trying to set up a college far away from any Anglo-American urban center, Wheelock experienced the loss of relationships with two of his most famous and successful students, Samson Occom and Samuel Kirkland (an Anglo-American protégé). He also went into debt for Dartmouth College, especially after the fund raised in Britain was exhausted.

Mather, Allyn

Allyn Mather was an Anglo-American charity scholar at Moor’s Indian Charity School who had a brief career as a minister before succumbing to illness. Mather arrived at Moor’s in 1766 and entered Yale in 1767. He had a strong distaste for the college: hazing bothered him, and he found the atmosphere singularly unreligious (his dislike was not fleeting: in 1778, he wrote to the Connecticut Courant to criticize the college course of study). Mather volunteered for missions in 1768. He accompanied Ralph Wheelock on his ill-fated third trek to Oneida territory, where Ralph acted intemperately at the tribal council at Onaquaga. Mather then attended Fort Stanwix with Rev. Ebenezer Cleaveland to try to patch up the damage done to Eleazar Wheelock’s agenda by Jacob Johnson. After his adventures, Mather returned to Yale, where he obtained his degree in 1771. However, he did not return to the missionary business: instead, in 1772, he became the pastor of Fair Haven Church, or Fourth Presbyterian, in New Haven, CT. It was a conservative Old Light (or more properly, Old Side) church, largely populated by parishioners who had defected from Jonathan Edwards’ congregation. It is unclear how strongly Mather himself identified with Old Side beliefs; he seems to have described the church to Wheelock as “despised” (773208), but he may have used strong language because he was trying to get out of paying his debt as a defunct charity scholar. Wheelock never seems to have collected from him, nor did he pursue Mather as vigorously as he pursued some other students. In 1779, Mather began having serious health issues, which forced him to travel south regularly. He died in 1784 on one such trip, in Savannah, Georgia.

Johnson, William

Sir William Johnson was a powerful British colonial official who amassed wealth and influence by integrating into the Mohawk tribe. For a brief window of time (1761-1768), he provided support for Wheelock’s missionary efforts among the Six Nations. He also helped the Brothertown Nation of Indians procure land from the Oneidas. Johnson was born in Ireland in 1715. His family had been part of the Catholic elite, but after William of Orange’s 1690 victory at the Battle of the Boyne, they at least nominally converted to the Episcopalian Church. In 1738, Johnson emigrated to America to manage his uncle Peter Warren’s estate in Mohawk territory. Over the next decade, Johnson became wealthy in his own right through trade and land sales, acquiring a vast estate crowned by his manor house, Johnson Hall, which became the central location for British and Indian treaty making. In 1745, Johnson began collecting official British titles and positions. He played an important military role in the French and Indian War and was named Superintendent of Indian Affairs in 1756 and first baronet of New York in 1757. Much of Johnson’s success was due to his influence among the Mohawks, which he obtained by learning their language and customs and integrating himself into their society. He participated in Mohawk rituals and entered into a common-law marriage with a powerful Mohawk woman, Molly Brant (also called Mary Brant). Because Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) society is matrilineal, this marriage was an essential element of his participation in Indian affairs. Wheelock desperately wanted to wield missionary influence among the Six Nations, and sought to obtain Johnson as an ally in his endeavors. At first, the two found grounds for cooperation. Wheelock sent Occom as a missionary to the Oneidas in 1761 and again in 1762, and sent a substantially larger group of missionaries and schoolmasters in 1765, 1766, and 1767. Johnson, meanwhile, encouraged Haudenosaunee children, including his brother-in-law Joseph Brant, to attend Moor’s. Johnson’s support proved indispensible to missionaries in the field; he helped with supplies, language skills, and relations with the Mohawks and Oneidas. Wheelock also valued Johnson for his influence in Britain, and drew on him for recommendations and public statements of support numerous times. From 1763 on, however, Johnson found himself decidedly uncomfortable with Wheelock’s missionary efforts, and by 1769, their relationship had dissolved completely. In 1766, Johnson was invited to join the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts (SPG), the largest and most influential Anglican missionary society in the 18th-century British-Atlantic world. He began working to place Anglican missionaries, rather than Congregationalist and Presbyterian ones, among the Six Nations, which alarmed Wheelock. Johnson was generally supportive of Native American tribes’ efforts to maintain their land and sovereignty. As the historian Linford Fisher has noted, “virtually every major Native group in southeastern New England successfully petitioned Johnson to act on their behalf during the late 1760s and early 1770s.” Among these groups was the Brothertown Nation, a Christian composite tribe formed by Southern New England Algonquian Moor’s alumni. Johnson helped them negotiate with the Oneidas, which proved essential to their successful land purchase and relocation to central New York.

Kirkland, Samuel

Samuel Kirkland (b. Kirtland) was Eleazar Wheelock’s most famous Anglo American student. He conducted a 40-year mission to the Oneidas and founded Hamilton College (established in 1793 as Hamilton Oneida Academy). Kirkland won acclaim as a missionary at a young age by conducting an adventurous and risky mission to the Senecas, the westernmost of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Six Nations. After his year and a half among them, which was well publicized by Wheelock, he was ordained and sent as a missionary to the Oneidas under the auspices of the Connecticut Board of the Society in Scotland for Propagating Christian Knowledge. He spent most of the rest of his life serving the Oneidas as a minister. Kirkland’s sincere devotion to serving as a missionary was excellent publicity for Wheelock’s program, but it also brought the two men into conflict. Wheelock became jealous of Kirkland when the school’s British benefactors began urging Wheelock to make Kirkland his heir, and Kirkland, meanwhile, was upset that Wheelock had failed to provide him with sufficient supplies on his mission — a complaint that he was unafraid to publicize (and that almost all of Wheelock’s other students shared). The breaking point came in 1770, when Kirkland split from Wheelock’s Connecticut Board and affiliated with the New England Company, a missionary society that had abruptly turned against Wheelock in 1765. Wheelock and Kirkland briefly made up in 1771, but their relationship quickly dissolved into further acrimony. Although Kirkland spent most of his life as a missionary to the Six Nations, he generally held disparaging views of Native Americans. He did not approve of Wheelock’s plan to educate Indians as missionaries, and was haughty towards the Moor’s alumni that worked with him (notably David Fowler, Joseph Johnson, and Joseph Woolley). Prior to the Revolution, Kirkland had been stringent in his refusals to take Oneida land, even when offered to him. The Revolution seems to have shifted his loyalties from the Oneidas to local Anglo Americans. Kirkland served as a chaplain in the American army and was instrumental in convincing the Oneidas to remain neutral (or, more accurately, to side with the Americans). At one point he was the chaplain with General Sullivan’s army, the force sent to ransack Seneca and Cayuga territory in 1779. It is unclear what emotions this aroused in Kirkland, who had served the Senecas less than 15 years earlier, yet after the war, Kirkland freely engaged in Oneida dispossession. Along with James Dean, another Wheelock alumnus with close ties to the Oneidas, Kirkland played a pivotal role in urging the Oneidas to sell land illegally to the state of New York. The land deals that resulted gave Kirkland the property, financial capital, and connections to establish Hamilton Oneida Academy. The last decades of Kirkland’s life were difficult. He found himself in a three-way battle with Samson Occom and John Sergeant Jr., who were also ministers in Oneida territory, for the hearts and minds of their congregations; he was fired as a missionary in 1797, although he continued to serve sans salary; one of his son’s business enterprises failed, leaving Kirkland nearly destitute; and two of his three sons died unexpectedly. Hamilton Oneida Academy, like Moor’s Indian Charity School, largely failed at its goal of educating Indians, and in 1812, four years after Kirkland’s death, it was re-purposed as Hamilton College, a largely Anglo-American institution. At some point in the mid-to-late 18th century, Kirkland changed his name from Kirtland, although the reasons for this are uncertain.

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People identified in this document:

id Text in document Role in header Authorized Name
pers0036.ocp Doct r Dr. Wheelock mentioned Wheelock, Eleazar
pers0361.ocp Allen Allyn Mather mentioned Mather, Allyn
pers0292.ocp Sir William Johnſon Johnson mentioned Johnson, William
pers0292.ocp Sir William mentioned Johnson, William
pers0036.ocp Doct. r Dr. Wheelock mentioned Wheelock, Eleazar
pers0315.ocp M. r Mr. Kir tland mentioned Kirkland, Samuel
pers1810.ocp Seneca General mentioned Cornplanter
pers0292.ocp ſir Sir W m William Johnſon Johnson mentioned Johnson, William
pers0036.ocp D. r Dr. Wheelock mentioned Wheelock, Eleazar
pers0131.ocp Ebenzer. Ebenezer Cleaveland writer Cleaveland, Ebenezer
pers0131.ocp M. r Mr. Cleveland writer Cleaveland, Ebenezer

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place0122.ocp Lebanon Lebanon
place0170.ocp North America North America
place0081.ocp Fort Stanwix Fort Stanwix
place0043.ocp Cognawaga Kahnawake Kahnawake
place0043.ocp Cochnawaga Kahnawake Kahnawake
place0145.ocp Montreal Montreal
place0044.ocp cowas Coos Coos
place0114.ocp Kanawarohare Kanawalohale Kanawalohale

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org0090.ocp Six Nations Six Nations
org0038.ocp Delawares Delaware Tribe
org0089.ocp ShawaneſeShawnees Shawnee Tribe
org0062.ocp MohocksMohawks Mohawk Nation
org0075.ocp OnoidasOneidas Oneida Nation
org0088.ocp the Senecas Seneca Nation
org0098.ocp D.rDr. Wheelocks School Moor’s Indian Charity School
org0098.ocp the School Moor’s Indian Charity School
org0062.ocp the MohocksMohawks Mohawk Nation
org0062.ocp the MohocksMohawks Mohawk Nation

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1768-11-21 21 Day of Novemb.rNovember 1768
1768-10-18 Oct.rOctober 18. 1768

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Type Original Regularized
modernization purſuance pursuance
modernization Revd Rev.
modernization Doctr Dr.
variation Sat set
modernization M.r Mr.
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modernization ye the
modernization Johnſon Johnson
variation Superintendant Superintendent
variation Governers governors
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modernization Congreſs congress
modernization &c etc.
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modernization &c. etc.
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variation till 'til
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variation remidied remedied
modernization muſt must
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modernization Neareſt nearest
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modernization chriſtian christian
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variation Mohocks Mohawks
modernization worſe worse
modernization themſelves themselves
variation Incouraging encouraging
variation Onoidas Oneidas
modernization Succeſsfully successfully
modernization Chriſtians Christians
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modernization inſomuch insomuch
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modernization conſult consult
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modernization himſelf himself
modernization viſit visit
variation Cochnawaga Kahnawake
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modernization D.r Dr.
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modernization laſted lasted
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modernization Safeſt safest
modernization Engliſh English
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modernization underſtanding understanding
modernization Apprehenſion apprehension
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variation here unto hereunto
variation Ebenzer. Ebenezer
modernization Rev.d Rev.

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Abbreviation Expansion
Oct.r October
Commiſsn Commission
& and
rec.d received
honble honorable
concernd concerned
Sd said
Octr October
mattrs matters
2.d second
debauchd debauched
exposd exposed
Exposd exposed
understg understanding
ppll people
preachd preached
talkd talked
appeard appeared
accot account
Seemd seemed
Appeard appeared
tho't thought
Labr labor
fixd fixed
wod would
maintaind maintained
ſhod should
filld filled
tho' though
killd killed
abt about
informd informed
abot about
thro' through
pluckd plucked
Wm William
Novemb.r November

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