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AMERICAN INDIANS IN 1776 Very scarce A.D.S. "J. Yeates" and also signed by "Thomas Walker" "Jno. Harvie" and "John Montgomery" as the commissioners from Pennsylvania and Virginia appointed by the Continental Congress to negotiate the treaty with the representatives of the Six Indian Nations at Fort Pitt at Pittsburgh, 1p, oblong 8vo., Pittsburgh, Oct. 25, 1776. In this historic document, addressed "To the Honble Committee of / [Continental] Congress for Indian Affairs", the four commissioners request payment for expenses involved. This pay order, in the hand of Jasper Yeates, requests: "Please to pay to Mr. John Campbell or Order the Sum of thirty seven Pounds & ten Shillings, Pennsylvania Currency for the like Sum of Money borrowed of him by us for the public Use as Commissioners for Indian Affairs in the middle Department". On verso is an A.D.S. signed by "John Campbell", Philadelphia, Dec. 2, 1776, acknowledging "Received of John Harvie & Jasper Yeates Esqrs. The Contents of the Within...". Bears a small file docket. This side of the document has a very faint offset from an engraved portrait of Benjamin Franklin, undoubtedly once stored with the document. Normal age-toning, with chipping at edges. Document is fragile, with tear repaired on verso with archival tape, not affecting the value or overall condition of this historic document. Pennsylvanians Jasper Yeates and John Montgomery were selected by the U.S. Congress to serve as the first two commissioners for Indian affairs in the middle department. It was Dr. Benjamin Franklin and James Wilson who informed Yeates and Montgomery of their appointment and entrusted them with special instructions concerning their involvement in the treaty negotiations with the Six Indian Nations at Ford Pitt at Pittsburgh. Two Virginians were also selected by Congress to join the negotiations, Dr. Thomas Walker, a respected professional in Indian affairs and John Harvie, who likewise had experience in negotiating Indian treaties.
Estimate $ 1,000-1,200

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