John Johnston to Lewis Cass, June 14, 1816
|Johnston received Cass' letter from May 22nd with attachments of Mr. Jouett. All the Wyandotts except those at Brownstown have petitioned to be under Johnston's agency. Johnston says he had no part in this petition. There was a similar motion years ago at Ft. Wayne, but he didn't act on it because he thought it contained unfounded accusations against Gov. Hull.|
The Indians are in a confused state. The interpreter hasn't been payed in 2 years. Johnston has payed the Interpreter in full. He is now with all the chiefs except Walk in the Water, <"settling the claims against the United States for destruction of their property during the late war">. Johnston has payed $3500 in cash for annuities.
Johnston now does all Indian business outside of Picqua, at the boundary and at the Indian towns. He is building a mill at Napaghkonetta and he's authorized to employ a blacksmith for the Indians. If the Wyandots remain under his control, he wants all of them under his control so that he canintroduct more effective farming and <"pave the way for extinguishing the Indian title to a great portion of the lands within this state">.
Walk on the Water has always been hostile to the Americans. Johnston says that <"when an Indian chief becomes an obstacle in our way he should be let down and others raised in his place">. The Wyandots don't want to be attached to Detroit because they don't want to be near <"the late hostile Indians">. Mr Walker is aware of the situation and will answer any questions.
It's always been policy to deliver the annuities wherever the Indians want them, and this is usually against the Treaty. The Wyandott's of Upper Sandusky wish that the Brownstown Indians led by Walk in the Water be removed. The Brownstown Indians are the reason for any hostility between the Indians against the US since Brownstown is where the British tried to gain access to the Indians.
Created: 5/7/2019 4:02:17 PM
Project: Intro to the Miami Tribe
Creator: Hagerty, Nick
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