James Madison Papers

From James Madison to Six Nations, 11 March 1815

War Department March 11 1815

Brothers of the Six Nations,

Your communications has been presented to your father the President who has instructed me to make known to you his approbation of your conduct during the late War.

My Brethren

The President your father listens to and cheerfully grants all the just claims which his children make upon him; the late War occasioned a great rise in the price of the Articles, which you have been accustomed to receive and therefore the quantity was lessened, but for this you shall be compensated. Measures shall be taken to place as soon as possible the Capital which the Seneca Nation held in the United States Bank in such a situation as to give them an annual amount equal to what they have heretofore received.

My Brothers

The President your Father feels great affection for all who have been faithful to the United States in the hour of danger and he mourns with the Families and relations of such of your warriors as have been killed in battle. He has given instructions that two hundred dollars should be paid to the representatives of such of your Warriors that may have fallen in fighting the Battles of the United States and that suitable compensation should be made to such of them as may have been disabled by wounds

My Brothers

All promises made by the authorised Agents of the United States shall be complied with in good faith and you shall be paid for the Rifles & muskets which you lost when in the service of the United States.

My Brothers.

All your Warriors who were in the service of the United States shall be paid agreeably to the promises made to them by your Father the President of the United States on the 11th. day of February 1814.

My Brothers,

It made the Heart of your Father bleed when he heard that the Council house, the place of public worship, and the habitations of the Tuscarows, had been destroyed by the attacks of the Enemy, and that their families were dispersed and without shelter, in the most inclement season of the year. He has instructed me to say to you that he will lay their case before the Grand council of the nation, which cannot fail to make ample provisions for the faithful and distressed families of the Tuscarow Nation

My Brothers,

In making a peace with the British Nation we have not forgotten our Children of the Six Nations; that there shall be a peace between the Six Nations and the British Nation and that the Six Nations as well as all other Indian Nations, that have joined the United States in arms against the British Nation shall be restored to all the possessions, rights and previledges, which they enjoyed before the commencement of hostilities.

My Brothers.

Continue your good faith and attachment to the United States, and you will always receive from them kindness and justice. Given under my hand and the Seal of the War Office this 11th. day of March 1815.

J. M.

DNA: RG 75—LSIA—Letters Sent by the Secretary of War Relating to Indian Affairs.

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