William Johnson to William Denny
Albany [N.Y.] 25th September 1757
Four Deputies from the Cherokee Indians who were sent by their Chief on a visit of Friendship to the Six Nations, with whom they have had a meeting at my House and by whom they are charged with a Message and invitation in conjunction with me to their Nation and others to the Southward in our Alliance, to hold a Congress at my House in order to renew and strengthen their mutual alliance and friendship1—These Deputies are now setting off from hence for their own Country accompanied by some Indians of the Six Nations. They will pass thro’ your Province and City, and as their speedy delivering the Message they are charged with may be a point of considerable Moment to his Majesty’s Interest and Service. I beg leave to recommend it to you to do what lays in your power to forward their Journey, to prevent them and the Indians who accompany them from being delayed2 by any imprudant Quantity of Liquour being given them, as this may oversee the Advantages hoped for from their Journey. I am Sir, with the Greatest esteem, Your most humble Servant
1. Sir William Johnson met with Indians of the Six Nations on 18 and 19 Sept. 1757 to get them to agree to ask the four Cherokee deputies who had arrived to take an invitation to their tribe to hold a conference with the northern Indians at Johnson’s place in New York. On 19 and 20 Sept. Johnson again met with the Six Nation Indians along with the Cherokee deputies, when the invitation was issued. The minutes of the meetings are in Sullivan, William Johnson Papers description begins Milton W. Hamilton et al., eds. The Papers of Sir William Johnson. 14 vols. Albany, 1921–65. description ends , 9:840–53.
2. It was hardly the clerk’s oversight that the following words were omitted in this copy: “by any interfering Conduct of your Scheming Quakers, or” (ibid., 2:742).