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General Relations with the British

Entries are listed chronologically.

Donald Campbell to Henry Bouquet. June 1, 1761. Vol. 19, (1891): 70-71.

Complaining about Indians traveling to Niagra for rum and not returning with any trade goods.

Alvord, Clarence Walworth. "The Genesis of the Proclamation of 1763." Vol. 36, (1908): 20-52.

History and analysis of the Proclamation which restricted white settlement in the west. Includes description of relations with the Indians.

King George. "A Proclamation." October 7, 1763. Vol. 36, (1908): 14-19.

Text of the Proclamation of 1763 restricting white settlement west of the Appalachians.

De Peyster, Arent S. "Letters and Speeches of Indian Affairs." 1781. Vol. 13, (1889): 41-47.

Major De Peyster and other British officials discuss various matter with the Huron, Delaware, Kooshaking, and Moravian representatives.

De Peyster. "Chippewa Land Allotments." May 13, 1782. Vol. 13, (1889): 46.

A letter to General Haldimand explaining that the Detroit Ojibwe have consented to allow white settlers to cultivate land on the Huron River.

Johnson, John. "Instructions for the Officer Commanding the Indian Department at Detroit, 1783." Vol. 13, (1889): 72.

"Lord Dorchester's Instructions to Sir John Johnson for Good Government of the Indian Department." 1787. Vol. 23, (1893): 627-632.

Instructions on such matters as etiquitte, trade, and purchase of land.

"Court of Inquiry." June 24, 1788. Vol. 11, (1888): 514-619.

Transcripts of a British court of inquiry which was convened at Michilimackinac to investigate the conduct of persons employed by the Indian Department.

"Court of Inquiry." 1788. Vol. 13, (1889): 86-89.

Notes of the court that was established by the British government to investigate wrongdoings by persons employed by the Indian Department.

John Butler to Joseph Chew. April 27, 1794. Vol. 20, (1892): 342-343.

Discusses possibility of war with the US and British assurances to the Indians that the British will not abandon them.

Chew to Thomas Coffin. January 5, 1795. Vol. 20, (1892): 387-389.

Discusses purchase of land from Native Americans, the ban on the sale of rum to them, and Sir William Johnson's relations with them.

Doyle, William. "Copy of a Commission by Major Doyle to Keehwitamigistcaw." 1796. Vol. 12, (1888): 217.

Doyle appoints Keehwitamigistcaw a chief of the Ojibwe Indians for his defense of English traders at Saulte Ste. Marie.

Prevost, George. "Instructions for the Good Government of the Indian Department." May 1, 1812. Vol. 25, (1894): 295-304.

Advice to the new Superintendant of Indian Affairs on such things as presents, ceremonies, councils, and trade.


er, Dickson. "Court of Inquiry." 1814. Vol. 15, (1889): 669-674.

Court established at Green Bay to investigate losses experienced by Indians.

Lieut. Gen. Drummond to George Prevost. February 8, 1815. Vol. 16, (1890): 47

Suggests route by which the Lake Ontario Indians can be moved to territory along the Mississippi River, fears they will think the English are trying to get out of giving them gifts.


ger to Robert McDonall. March 15, 1815. Vol. 16, (1890): 65-66.

Informs McDonall that Indians will arrive at Green Bay soon, and that they need a blacksmith to repair their weapons.

William Caldwell to William Claus. June 15, 1815. Vol. 16, (1890): 133-134.

Letter concerning whether Ojibwe should be allowed to remain at the Thames River to plant corn.


nall to Sir George Murray. June 24, 1815. Vol. 16, (1890): 136-138



onall reports that Americans are violating the Treaty of Ghent to cut the British off from their Indian allies. He is worried that the Indians might think the British are abandoning them.

R. James to Major General F. P. Robinson. July 16, 1815. Vol. 16, (1890): 173-176.

Commander of Fort Sandwich describes relations with the Indians at Burlington, Amherstburg, Sandwich, and Delaware. Letter refers to Ojibwe, Sauks, and Shawnee. Also reports of Indians crossing "the river" to hunt, apparently in US territory.


cDonall to Major Morgan. August 3, 1815. Vol. 16, (1890): 198-199.

Worried that Americans will think Sauk attacks on the US were prompted by the British.

McDonall to Fredrick Robinson. August 19, 1815. Vol. 16, (1890): 219-221.

Worried about US plans to erect a string of forts in violation of the Treaty of Ghent which will cut the British off from their western allies.

James, Reginald. "Proceedings of a Court of Inquiry." August 1815. Vol. 16, (1890): 208-213.

Inquiry into depredations of Indians against Americans around Detroit to see if British officers were responsible for them. Predictably, the court decides that they were not.

James to Robinson. September 6, 1815. Vol. 16, (1890): 244-245.

James comments on William Henry Harrison's meeting with Ontario Indians at Detroit, and says that Harrison failed to convince them to sell their lands or that the US had actually defeated Britain during the War of 1812.

Murray, Pat. "From Mr. Murray. Unaddressed." September 15, 1815. Vol. 12, (1888): 40.

Murray relates a rumor that the Ojibwe were planning to attack the English at Detroit.

McDonall to Frederick Robinson. 2 items. September 23-24, 1815. Vol. 16, (1890): 287-290.

Refers to Sauk attacks under Black Hawk against the US. The US wants to build forts in violation of the terms of the Treaty of Ghent and they charge that the British have prompted the Indian attacks. Also expresses the suspicion that US agents are cheating Indians of their presents with whiskey.

McDonall. "Report from Court of Inquiry." October 6-10, 1815. Vol. 16, (1890): 290-302.

Court deciding if the British ordered the attacks by Black Hawk. The British decide that, since the attack took place two days after the peace was announced and that they attempted to convince the Sauks not to attack, in addition to the fact that the Indians did not yet know of the peace treaty, the British were not culpable.


all to Major Foster. October 10, 1815. Vol. 16, (1890): 325-327.


nall is again worried that US plans to build forts in the Great Lakes region in violation of the Treaty of Ghent will lead to war with the Indians.


onall to Foster. October 26, 1815. Vol. 16, (1890): 367.

Concerning the ownership of Drummond Island, relations with the Ojibwe, and the protection of the Western Indians against the US.


onall to Chambers. November 5, 1815. Vol. 16, (1890): 380-383.

More information regarding the reaction of the Indians to the Treaty of Ghent, and uncertainty over whether war will break out again between the British and the US.

"Indian Department Orders." November 15-December 30, 1815. Vol. 16, (1890): 391-395.

Orders regarding provisions and requisitions at Drummond Island. Mentions Odawa named Winnebeeway and an interpreter named Assenach.


Donall to Military Secretary. June 17, 1816. Vol. 16, (1890): 463-466.

Fears that reduction in Drummond Island forces and the influx of Indians from the West, along with US plans to build forts, will result in hostilities. Mentions problems with the Winnebagoes specifically.


cDonell to ?. June 19, 1816. Vol. 16, (1890): 468-469.

A large group of Sioux are converging at Drummond Island. La Feuille and Little Corbean are their chiefs. Letter discusses a western Indian confederacy against the Americans.

"Indian Pension List." February 1, 1821. Vol. 23, (1893): 109.

Lists names and dates for Iroquois who receive pensions from the British.

"Address of Port Sarnia Indians to the Queen, 1841." Vol. 12, (1888): 455-


Ojibwe Indians of Canada's St. Clair reservation ask the British Queen to resolve their annuity issues with the Canadian government.

Bates, William R. "The Development of Flint." Vol. 35, (1907): 359-387.

Discusses Indian names, the Ojibwe's conflict with the Sauks and alliance with the British.