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|Collection Reference Number
|From Archive Folder
|Documents Relating to 1700-1753
|William Johnson to Jacob Glen regarding Canadian Indians
|24 July 1746
|Johnson, William (1715-1774)
|Written in perceptible haste at the height of King George's War, probably from Fort Oswego. "... there is an Onondaga Indian now come from Canada... says that... there was an Army of the french &ca, ready to march towards these parts, In order he says to cutt of, & destroy the people & settlements of Burnets feild [sic], and also all the Mohawk River down to Schenectady."
|French and Indian War France American Indian History Military History Global History and Civics Foreign Affairs Canada
|Johnson, William (1715-1774) Glen, Jacob (fl. 1746)
|Oswego, New York
|French & Indian Wars; Native Americans; Foreign Affairs
|The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
|This letter was written during King George's War. Sir William Johnson (1715-1774), from Ireland, settled in the Mohawk Valley in 1738 and became a frontier figure of considerable influence with the Iroquois. Johnson was largely responsible for keeping the tribes of the Six Nations allied with the English, and took over the role of intermediary with the native tribes. During the French and Indian War, Johnson commanded British troops and provincial militia, defeated the French at Lake George, where he built Fort William Henry, and subsequently was involved in the capture of Niagara and Montreal. In 1768, Johnson presided over the council which drafted and signed the Treaty of Fort Stanwix, by which the Indians relinquished claims to vast lands in New York, Pennsylvania, and the Ohio Valley.
|The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
|Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859