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Agoe some of the Sinnekes and some of the Onnendages went aboard of a ffrench Bark att Onijagaro that was Come to trade there and took out of the said Bark a Cask of Brandy and cutt the Cable, this was done in the Government of Sir Edmund Andross three years before the peace was made with the ffrench who gave orders not to suffer any ffrench to trade there, Since which peace made as aforesaid wee have given the ffrench no provocation onely wee doe acknowledge, about a yeare agoe there was a ffrench man Called Grand Mason with his partner came to a place called Aquarage near to Onjagaro where some of the Sinnekes and of the Onnendages took a hundred Bevers from him hee having no passe north from his Exeye the Governour nor from the Governour of Canida, In doeing of which wee have only obeyed his Exeyes orders who told us to lay hands upon all people that Came in any parte of the King of Englands territoryes, without such passe; And the Governour of Canida hath often told us that if any of his people Came here towards Albany to trade that wee should plunder them Butt this Cannott bee the Quarrell since wee gave the said 100 Bevers back again; The only Reason as wee Imagine makes the ffrench quarrell with us Is that wee have given Our Lands and submitted our selves to the King of England, which wee Confirmed solemnly when the Governour of Virginia was with you here, It is true wee warr with the ffarr Nations of Indians because they kill our people and take them prisoners when wee goe a bever hunting, and it is our Custom amongst Indians to warr with one aneother But what has the Christians to doe with that to Joyne Either with one side or other, O Bretheren you tell us the King of England Is a very Great King, and why should you not Joyne with us In a Just Cause when the ffrench Joyne with our Enemyes in an unjust Cause, O Bretheren wee see the Reason of this for the ffrench wold ffaine kill us all, and when that Is done they wold Carry all the Bever Trade to Canida, and the Great King of England wold Loose the Land likewise, And therefore O Great Sachim beyond the great Lakes awake, and Suffer not those poor Indians that have given themselves and their Lands under your protection to bee destroyed by the ffrench without a Cause; They are angry alsoe that his Exeye gives passes to the Christians here to goe to the further nations of Indians to trade and because wee goe to show them the way Whereby the ffrench thinks they will loose their trade, and that there will bee a path opened for those farr nations to Come here to Albany to trade which exasperates the ffrench and makes them ffall upon us, Wee must
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