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Letters and history [manuscript] 1778-[ca. 1782]

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Main Author: Willett, Marinus
Other Names: Willett, William M. | Clinton, George, | Jay, John, | Schuyler, Philip John, | Herkimer, Hendrick.
Topics: Indians of North America - New York (State) - Government relations - Sources. | Indians of North America - History - Revolution, 1775-1783 - Sources. | Iroquois Indians - Government relations - Sources. | Iroquois Indians - Wars - 18th century - Sources. | Oneida Indians - Government relations - Sources. | Manuscripts, American - New York (State) - Rome. | New York (State). Governor (1777-1795 : Clinton) - Records and correspondence. | New York (State). Commissioners of Indian Affairs - Records and correspondence. | United States. Continental Army. New York Regiment, 3rd - History - Sources. | Willett, Marinus, 1740-1830 - Correspondence. | Willett, William M. (William Marinus), 1803-1895. | Clinton, George, 1739-1812 - Correspondence. | Jay, John, 1745-1829 - Correspondence. | Schuyler, Philip John, 1733-1804 - Correspondence. | Herkimer, Hendrick - Correspondence.
Regions: Fort Stanwix (Rome, N.Y.) | Fort Stanwix (Rome, N.Y.) - History - 18th century - Sources. | Mohawk River Valley (N.Y.) - History - 18th century - Sources. | New York (State) - History - Revolution, 1775-1783 - Sources.
Genres: Correspondence - New York (State) - Fort Stanwix (Rome) - 1778. | Histories z New York (State) - 1782.
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Main Author: Willett, Marinus, 1740-1830.
Physical Description: 4 items (4 folders) ; 32 cm. or smaller
Summary: Letters written from Fort Schuyler during 1778 to Gov. Clinton, Gen. Schuyler, Judge Jay, and Hendrick Herkimer and the other justices of the peace along the Mohawk River, regarding military issues and Indian relations, together with Willett's history of his service in the Mohawk Valley, 1781-1782. In an Apr. 8, 1778, letter to Gov. Clinton, Willett discusses an Oneida proposal to build a road between Fort Schuyler and the Oneida Castle, his regiment's lack of clothing, and his willingness to serve wherever there might be enemy action. Drafts of three letters on one sheet (Apr. 29, 1778) to the governor, Gen. Schuyler, and Judge Jay contain Willett's suggestions to the Commissioners of Indian Affairs regarding the necessity of strengthening ties with the Six Nations. The May 28, 1778, letter upbraids Herkimer and other Mohawk Valley justices for the detention of a messenger sent from Fort Schuyler to Albany. Written sometime after 1782, Willett's history describes the 1781 actions at Sharon and Johnstown. A later explanatory note by Willett's son, William Marinus Willett, follows on p. [4]
Notes: Forms part of the Edward E. Ayer Manuscript Collection (Newberry Library)
formerly known as Ayer MS 996-997. Apr. 29 and May 28, 1778, letters
formerly known as Ayer MS 998. History
Revolutionary War officer.
Other Names: Willett, William M. (William Marinus), 1803-1895.
Clinton, George, 1739-1812.
Jay, John, 1745-1829.
Schuyler, Philip John, 1733-1804.
Herkimer, Hendrick.
New York (State). Governor (1777-1795 : Clinton)
New York (State). Commissioners of Indian Affairs.
Edward E. Ayer Manuscript Collection (Newberry Library)
Newberry Library. Manuscript. Ayer MS 995.

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