Committee Report on the Affairs of Tribe of Mamoho

To the Honorable General Assembly of His Majesty’s Colony of Connecticut to be Convened at New Haven on the Second Thursday of October AD, 1750

We, Your Honor’s committee appointed at your sessions in May last, authorized and empowered to inspect the affairs of the Indian natives of the tribe of Mamoho and see that they have the liberty of such improvements on the land in Stonington secured to them by Isaac Wheeler of said Stonington in a deed bearing date the 8th day of May, 1683,1according to the true intent and meaning thereof, and if at any time the said Indians shall be trespassed upon or disturbed and hindered in their improvements, to lay the true state of the matter before the General Assembly.

Take leave to inform Your Honors that upon the complaint of several of the Indians of the said tribe, and at their request, we repaired to Stonington in April last, went onto the said land and there found that a fence had been made cross the said land by Messrs. William Williams and Nathan Crary at which the Indians were disturbed and had thrown the said fence down. We also found that there had been considerable timber cut on the said land by the said Williams and Crary, as the Indians informed us.  The said Williams and Crary being present asserted their right to cut and improve as they please only allowing the Indians to plant in small yards or enclosures and to secure their corn by fencing within their large pasture which they, viz., the said Williams and Crary, challenging to be their own property in fee, they also dispute the bounds of the lands claimed by the Indians.  And since we were at Stonington several of the tribe, in behalf of the rest, have been with us at Norwich, and complain and say that said William and Justice Minor put their unruly horses cattle and sheep into the said large pasture and have eat up and destroyed good part of their corn and beans.  They assert also that the Indians have attempted to fence in some of their land for pasture, but have been beaten off from it and their fence thrown down; and that some of them did plant a field of about an acre with corn and beans which one Nathaniel Holdredge, challenging the improvement of by force of a lease from said Williams, did weed and hill the corn, and now have gathered and carried away the same, all which facts according to the best light [and] knowledge that we can gain are true.  The Indians are very desirous that your honors would appoint an officer to come and run the lines of their lands and ascertain their bounds, and also to make some further act by which they may be more effectually enabled to take the profits of the lands for the necessary support of themselves and families.

We would further take leave [to] give it as our opinion that in order to promote peace and justice among them the making certain the bounds to, and privileges in the said land will be a good means, all which is humbly subscribed to your honor’s wise consideration, by your honor’s humble [and] obedient servants,                                          

Isaac Huntington

Ebenezer Backus

Norwich, October 8, 1750

Notation:         Isaac Huntington, Esq. / Report to the General Assembly

Copy:               Duplicate

Cataloguing:   24a-b, 30

  • 1. This date is different from other versions of this document which instead reference the 24th day of May.