Pontiac's Conspiracy

General Histories

Burton, Clarence M. "Amusements in Detroit in Colonial days." Vol. 38, (1912): 324-342.

Discusses Indian weapons, sieges of Detroit, Lacrosse, and Indian goods such as trumpets, drums, and beads. Also mentions the British prohibition against selling brandy to Indians and Pontiac's War.

Christian, E. P. "Historical Associations Connected with Wyandotte and Vicinity." Vol. 13, (1889): 308-324.

Contains a history of Pontiac's rebellion and of the assignments given to other tribes. Example: destruction of Michilimackinac "allotted to the Ojibways."

"Conspiracy of Pontiac and the Seige of Detroit." Vol. 8, (1886): 340-364.

Five eyewitness accounts by settlers of Pontiac's seige of Detroit.

Headley, J. T. "Pontiac; or the Siege of Detroit." Vol. 21, (1892): 613-639.

This biography of Pontiac contains a lengthy description of the siege of Detroit.

Kelton, Dwight H. "Mackinac County. County of Mackinac--from the Annals of Fort Mackinac." Vol. 6, (1884): 343-357.

Provides a description of the Indian ball game, Bag-gab-i-way, which was used by the Indians under Pontiac to distract the soldiers at Fort Michilimackinac during Pontiac's rebellion.

McKenney, T. L. "The Indian Chief Pontiac, and the Seige of Detroit." Vol. 6, (1884): 504-512.

This essay includes an interesting account of how an Indian woman may have revealed Pontiac's plans of attack to Major Gladwin of Fort Detroit.

Miller, Albert. "An Incident in the Capture of Mackinaw." Vol. 13, (1889): 499-501.

Describes the capture of the fort, including how a ball game was used to gain etry. Also, the rescue of Captain Etherington.

Moore, Charles. "The Gladwin Manuscripts." Vol. 27, (1896): 605-680.

Henry Gladwin was commander of Detroit during Pontiac's seige. Pages 612-630 are a history of Gladwin and the seige. Pages 631-680 reprint letters and papers related to the seige.

Osband, Melvin D. "The Michigan Indians." Vol. 29, (1901): 697-709.

This account of the Native Americans of Michigan is deeply rooted in the manifest-destiny perspective of nineteenth century white Americans. It contains a lengthy essay about civilization and savagery, as well as discussion of treaties and of Pontiac's Conspiracy.

"The Pontiac Manuscript." Vol. 8, (1886): 266-339.

A detailed account of Pontiac's seige of Detroit, possibly the work of a French priest. Unfinished.

Primary Documents

Entries are listed chronologically.

Donald Campbell to Henry Bouquet. June 16, 1761. Vol. 19, (1891): 76-77.
Campbell to Bouquet. June 21, 1761. Vol. 19, (1891): 78-79.
Bouquet to Robert Monckton. June 30, 1761. Vol. 19, (1891): 81-82.
Bouquet to Campbell. June 30, 1761. Vol. 19, (1891): 82-84.

Campbell is worried about the Iroquois' attempts to involve the Indians around Detroit in a war against the British. However, the Detroit Indians reassure the British that they had rejected the Iroquois entreaties.

Campbell to Henry Bouquet. July 22, 1761. Vol. 19, (1891): 94-96.
Bouquet to Robert Monckton. July 24, 1761. Vol. 19, (1891): 96-97.
Campbell to Bouquet. July 27, 1761. Vol. 19, (1891): 98-100.
Campbell to Bouquet. July 30, 1761. Vol. 19, (1891): 101.

Various letters concerning the possibility of the Indians around Detroit joining the Iroquois confederacy against the British.

"Indian Speech." March 30, 1763. Vol. 19, (1891): 181-182.

Speech by chief of Miamis at Fort Miami. Concerns wampum belt passed from the Shawnee and Delaware which was originally from the Seneca. The Miami were supposed to rise up and kill the English, but they decided against it and reported the conspiracy instead.

Bouquet Papers. May 30, 1763-February 26, 1765. 60 items. Vol. 19, (1891): 188-295.

S. Ecuyer to Henry Bouquet. May 30, 1763. p. 188.
"Indian Intelligence." June 1, 1763. p. 186-187.
J. Christie to Lieutenant Gordon. June 3, 1763. p. 188-189.
Letter to Henry Bouquet. June 11, 1763. p. 190.
Bouquet to S. Ecuyer. June 14, 1763. p. 191.
George Croghan to Bouquet. June 17, 1763. p. 192-193.
Jeffrey Amherst to Bouquet. June 19, 1763. p. 193-194.
Amherst to Henry Hamilton. June 19, 1763. p. 195.
Bouquet to Amherst. June 23, 1763. p. 195-196.
Amherst to Bouquet. June 23, 1763. p. 196-198.
Amherst to Bouquet. June 25, 1763. p. 198-200.
Bouquet to Amherst. June 25, 1763. p. 200-201.
G. Price to Bouquet. June 26, 1763. p. 201-203.
Amherst to Bouquet. June 29, 1763. p. 203-204.
Amherst to Bouquet. July 2, 1763. p. 204-205.
Henry Gladwin to Bouquet. July 8, 1763. p. 208.
John Christie to Bouquet. July 10, 1763. p. 209-211.
William Johnson to Amherst. July 11, 1763. p. 211-212.
James MacDonald to Bouquet. July 12, 1763. p. 212-219.
Bouquet to Amherst. August 5, 1763. p. 219-220.
Bouquet to Amherst. August 6, 1763. p. 221-222.
Amherst to Bouquet. August 7, 1763. p. 223-224.
Bouquet to Amherst. August 11, 1763. p. 224-226.
Bouquet to Amherst. August 27, 1763. p. 227-228.
Amherst to Lieut. Governor Fanquier. August 29, 1763. p. 228-229.
Amherst to Colonel Stephen. August 31, 1763. p. 229-230.
Bouquet to Amherst. September 7, 1763. p. 230-231.
Amherst to Bouquet. September 25, 1763. p. 233-234.
Amherst to Bouquet. October 3, 1763. p. 237-238.
Bouquet to Amherst. October 24, 1763. p. 238-241.
Bouquet to Amherst. November 11, 1763. p. 241-242.
Thomas Gage to Bouquet. December 22, 1763. p. 244-246.
Bouquet to Gage. December 27, 1763. p. 246-247.
Dedereck Brehm to Bouquet. January 4, 1764. p. 247.
George McDougall to Bouquet. January 8, 1764. p. 248.
Bouquet to Gage. February 11, 1764. p. 249-250.
McDougall to Bouquet. March 24, 1764. p. 250-251.
"Deposition of Gorsham Hicks." April 14, 1764. p. 253-255.
Dedereck Brehm to Bouquet. May 1, 1764. p. 256-257.
Gage to Bouquet. May 14, 1764. p. 257-259.
Bouquet to Johnson. May 31, 1764. p. 259-261.
Bouquet to William Rutherford. July 5, 1764. p. 263-264.
Bouquet to Colonel Stephen. July 5, 1764. p. 264-265.
Bouquet to John Harris. July 19, 1764. p. 267-268.
Gage to Bouquet. August 18, 1764. p. 269-271.
Bouquet to Amherst. August 27, 1764. p. 269-271.
Gage to Bouquet. September 2, 1764. p. 272-273.
Bouquet to Gage. September 5, 1764. p. 273-274.
Bouquet to Bradstreet. September 12, 1764. p. 274.
Gage to Bouquet. September 15, 1764. p. 274-275.
John Reid to Bouquet. September 18, 1764. p. 275-276.
Gage to Bouquet. October 1, 1764. p. 276.
Gage to Bouquet. October 15, 1764. p. 277-278.
Gage to Bouquet. October 21, 1764. p. 278-279.
Bouquet to Gage. November 15, 1764. p. 279-282.
Henry Bouquet. "Orders by Colonel Henry Bouquet." November 29, 1764. p. 282-283.
Bouquet to Gage. November 30, 1764. p. 283-287.
Gage to Bouquet. December 7, 1764. p. 287-289.
Gage to Bouquet. December 20, 1764. p. 289-293.
Gage to Bouquet. February 26, 1765. p. 294-295.

Colonel Henry Bouquet was the British commander at Fort Pitt (Pittsburgh) during Pontiac's failed 1763 seige of Detroit. His papers, reprinted in volume 19 of this resource, contain 59 documents to and from Bouquet pertaining to the British reaction to Pontiac's conspiracy and the eventual peace reached in late 1764.