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Alternate forms: Iroquois
Contributor: Denny, William, 1718- | Morris, Robert Hunter, approximately 1700-1764 | Gordon, Patrick, approximately 1664-1736
Extent: 6 documents
Description: One set of documents is related to Pennsylvania's land dispute with Connecticut. A second to tensions between Delaware Indians and white settlers in Wyoming prior to the Revolutionary War. Of particular interest is the debate within the Pennsylvania's Governor's office both planning an attack on Native villages and seeking to end abuse of Delaware, Shawnee, Mohawk, and the Iroquois Confederacy. Wolf clan of Deleware is noted.
Collection: Documents relating to the province of Pennsylvania and to the American Revolution (Mss.974.8.D65)
Alternate forms: Iroquois
Date: May 19, 1712
Contributor: Pennsylvania. Provincial Council
Extent: 5 pages
Description: The Pennsylvania Provincial Council Minutes run from 1693 to 1717 and consist of approximately 520 pages of documents. Of note within them is a 5-page manuscript from May 19, 1712, when Delaware (Lenape) chief Sassoonan and 12 members of his nation carried 32 wampum belts to a meeting with the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois Confederacy). They stopped in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and showed the belts to the British colony’s Provincial Council. This document shows their drawings of each belt’s design and an account of their meaning. This document has been digitized and can be viewed in the collection's finding aid. Some parts of the rest of the minutes may contain other information relating to indigenous peoples. The minutes for 1700-1712 were printed in Hazard's "Register of Pennsylvania" 6 (1830).
Collection: Pennsylvania. Provincial Council. Minutes, 1693-1717 (Mss.974.8.P378)
Alternate forms: Lenape
Contributor: Conyngham, Redmond, 1781-1846
Genre: Government documents
Extent: 66 p.
Description: The volume contains records relating to the history of Dutch settlers in the territories that the English acquired. It may contain references to Lenape people in the Delaware River area, though specific references have not yet been identified. These are copies of documents that are held at the Pennsylvania State Archives. Many were originally in Dutch but were translated to English in this volume. The documents contain records from as early as 1638 and continue through Edmund Andros' term as governor of New England and ends in 1700. The documents include many official government proclamations and legal documents relating to Dutch property and their rights within English colonies.
Collection: Records concerning the early settlements on the Delaware River (Mss.974.8.P37)