An Enquiry into the Causes of the Alienation of the Delaware and Shawanese Indians from the British Interest,
THOMSON Charles (1759.)
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and into the measures taken for recovering their Friendship. Extracted from the Public Treaties, and other Authentic Papers...Together with the remarkable journal of Christian Frederick Post, by whose negotiation, among the Indians of the Ohio, they were withdrawn from the Interest of the French, who thereupon abandoned the Fort and Country. With notes by the editor explaining sundry Indian Customs &c. Written in Pennsylvania.
First edition. Folding engraved map. 8vo. Uncut in period style morocco, red morocco label to spine, gilt, contained in a chemise & half morocco slip case. 184pp. London, J. Wilkie,
"The Journal of Christian Frederick Post, in his Journey from Philadelphia to the Ohio, a Message from the Government of Pennsylvania to the Delaware, Shawanese and Mingo Indians settled there, and formerly in alliance with the English" beginning on the 15th July 1758, occupies some fifty pages of this work. Indeed it is a remarkable account of a man who was held as a most trusted figure by the Indians, a linguist and former missionary.
This work supposedly written at the behest of Benjamin Franklin was assembled partly to discredit the rapacious land dealings of the Proprietary government of Pennsylvania. Thomson was another sympathetic to, and trusted by the Indian Nations and was chosen by them as recorder and representative during the deliberations surrounding the Treaty of Easton (1757). His most famous contribution to history was as the secretary of the Continental Congress during the earliest days of the independence. Vail, 515; Field, 1548; Sabin, 95562; Streeter, 2, 966.
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