Conference between His Excellency William Shirley Esq. Captain General and Governour
in Chief of His Majesty's Province of the Massachusetts Bay and
Coll. Lewis and Capt. Sam. Chiefs of the Penobscot Tribe of Indians,
in presence of the Council and House of Representatives at Boston
on Thursday the third of December. 1741.
After Mutual Salutations
Gov. - I am [...] to See you at Boston and hope you left your Tribes in health.
Chiefs - Yes very well.
Gov. - As His Majesty King George has done me the Honour to make me His Governour of this Province I am determined to observe all the Treaties as long as your Tribes shall maintain them on their parts: and if you have anything to lay before me from your Tribes I shall willingly hear it.
Chiefs - We rejoice at this opportunity of waiting on Your Excellency in behalf of Our Tribe and those adjacent, who now Salute Your Excellency and the great Council by us. We all rejoiced when we heard your letter read, and desire that Friendship may continue between us, and that no ill grounded Reports may be taken Notice of: but when any stumbling block lies in the Way that it may be removed. The Difficulties in Our Trade are the Scarcity of Provisions, Tobacco, Powder & Shott, and the Truck Masters not understanding Our Language, which things We desire may be reformed: We also desire We may Chuse Two Men twice a year to View the Truck house.
Gov. - Is [...] wanting.
Chiefs - No [...] is too much of that which has ruined many of our [...] young m [...] We heard lately that Corn is Scarce with us: If there is none [...] to be got here we desire Flour may be [...] in the room of [...] In the Spring we expected a good Crop, but being deceived in that we went to the Truck houses where we found [...] but a small Quantity of Provisions, and we have sometimes been obliged to give as much for that which was moldy as at other times for that which is good.
Gov. - What Truck
matter did you chiefly refer to, when you Spoke of their not
understanding your Language.
Chiefs - We desire
a copy of the Conference.
Copy examined ?