Letter from Long Island to Major John Mason

It was related to me by an Indian, which after the same, repeated at my desire before Jeremiah Conkling at my house, as followeth:  He asked me at first whether I heard any news concerning the Indians.  I told him not lately.  He told me he heard something but he desired me he might be concealed; that the old Indians at Montauk had lately had several consultations together with others that were young men knew not of; and that they had sent over one called Akennit with wampum to Ninigret.  I asked him how much.  He said 300 fathom, he heard, all that the old sachem left for his children and that Akennit was returned b[ illegible ] Narragansett with him.1 And that Ninigret was well pleased, and that the Narragansett and they were confederate.  Further that he heard from some of the Indians that there was some plot against the English, and that Ninigret said he would kill all the English he could; and was resolved upon it to kill or be killed.   And that he will get as many of the Indians join with him as he could in all parts that they might get their lands again from the English.  I wished him to say nothing what he told me, but enquire further what he could.  Shortly after, he came to me and told me he had enquired into matters and found this true before mentioned.   And further Ninigret desired them to send over one of their chiefest men, a counselor, and he would discover more of his mind into him, and that there was to be a great dancing meeting of the Indians at Narragansett, and that the Indians here had appointed Maunuggabengan2 to go over to Narragansett to Ninigret, who is since gone.   Since this Pauquattoune coming here, he was enquired of before several of concerning these matters.  He owned nothing of the plot, but owned they had sent wampum over about 200 fathom, and that he had contributed two fathom towards it, and gave his reason because o[ torn ] means they thought to advance themselves and their sachem cause.   After this the next day the other Indian came to me and told me a large story what this Pauquattoune had told him, which he said he would have him keep close, which is this:  that they were joined with him, Ninigret, in confederacy and were resolved to pay no more of the money that was due for the Indian that run away from the governor last year.  And that they would fight before they would pay any more, they were resolved, and that Ninigret would assist them.  And that the Quakers wouldn’t let him3 want for powder, shot, or guns.  That Ninigret was joined confederate with the Mohawks, and that the French were a strong nation, and never been conquered by the English, and would help them to destroy the English and then they should have their land again from the English, and be as in former times before the English came, and that if the English should kill some, they cared not, for they would weary them out at last, and make them glad to yield to them.  They could, he said, lay in the woods and take opportunity to do mischief when the English were about their occasions.

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Address:           To the much honored Captain John Allyn to be presented to the Governor with the rest of the magistrates with trust and speed

                        Notation:         These papers contain some grounds of suspicion that Ninigret and other                                                         Indians were plotting against the English in the year 1669.

Cataloguing:  18, 22

  • 1. Phrase inserted from its original location in the right hand margin , perpendicular to the body of text.
  • 2. The name “Paucatun” was crossed out. Alternate spelling appears as Pauquattoune throughout document.
  • 3. The word “them” was crossed out in favor of the word “him”. In this case him refers to Ninigret.