George Washington Papers

From George Washington to United States Senate, 2 May 1796

United States 2d May 1796.

Gentlemen of the Senate

Sometime last year Jeremiah Wadsworth was authorized to hold a treaty with the Cohnawaga Indians, stiling themselves the seven Nations of Canada, to enable the State of New York to extinguish by purchase a claim which the said Indians had set up to a parcel of land lying within that State. This negociation having issued without effecting its object; and the State of New York having requested a renewal of the negociation; and the Indians having come forward with an application on the same subject, I now nominate Jeremiah Wadsworth to be a Commissioner to hold a treaty with the Cohnawaga Indians, stiling themselves the Seven Nations of Canada for the purpose of enabling the State of New York to extinguish the aforesaid Claim.

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DNA: RG 46—Records of the U.S. Senate.

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