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History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925
Brant's Defiance to the "Bostonians" of the Mohawk Valley, 1780

[This information is from Vol. II, p. 972 of History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925, edited by Nelson Greene (Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1925). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 974.7 G81h. This online edition includes lists of portraits, maps and illustrations. As noted by Paul Keesler in his article, "The Much Maligned Mr. Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]

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Brant's Defiance

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Photo: Brant's Defiance to the "Bostonians" of the Mohawk Valley, 1780. Translated by Samuel Kirkland, Missionary.

Transcript follows:

That you Bostonians (alias Americans) may be certified of my Conduct towards all those whom I have captured in these Parts know that I have taken off with [illegible] but a small Number — Many have I released — Neither were the weakly [illegible] subjected to Death; for it is a Shame to destroy those who are defenseless — This has been uniformly my Conduct during the War — I have always been for saving and retaining — These being my Sentiments — You have — exceedingly angered Me by threatning and distressing those who may be considered as Prisoners — Te are (or once wer) brave Men — I shall certainly distroy without distinction the like Conduct take Place in futture —

Joseph Brant
on the Delaware April 10th 1780

Translated by Samuel Kirkland Missionary

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