Petition of Freeman Sanders and Other Edgartown Men to the Massachusetts Senate and House of Representatives

Summary: 
A request for the abolition of the guardianship of the Indians within the County of Duke's
Place written: 

Edgartown, MA

Subject: 
Chappaquiddick
Type: 
Petition
Original Date: 
1840.02.29
Source: 
Massachusetts Archives, House Unpassed 1840, Docket 746
Rights: 
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Identifier: 
1840.02.29.00
Cultural Narrative: 

The non-Indian proprietors send a petition to the State Senate and the House of Representatives requesting that the Indian Guardianship in Dukes County be abolished. They believed it to be unjust and an anti-republican system. It appears that they realized that the tribe had special rights and was recognized as a separate entity, and the tribe’s rights had an impact on their lives. “A species of barbarism” is visible, but has a line through those words to strike them out. Interesting that Joseph Pease and Richard Pease, Commissioner, are shown on the land allotment map that pertains to the Massachusetts Act to Enfranchise Indians of 1869, and possible relatives of theirs signed this petition. Other non-Indian proprietors also signed this petition. Chappaquiddick Wampanoag heard that this petition was submitted, and, on March 9th, submitted a rebuttal.

Place Written: 

Edgartown, Massachusetts

Title: 
Petition of Freeman Sanders and Other Edgartown Men to the Massachusetts Senate and House of Representatives
Community: 
Subject: 
Chappaquiddick
Original Date: 
1840.02.29
Type: 
Petition
Contributor: 
Rights: 
Images may be used for purposes of research, private study, or education. To publish, exhibit, or broadcast this image, please contact the Massachusetts Archives to receive a Permission to Publish form: http://www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/, 220 Morrissey Blvd., Boston, MA 02125; Reference Desk: 617-727-2816 ext. 222; Email: archives@sec.state.ma.us
Source: 
Massachusetts Archives, House Unpassed 1840, Docket 746
Identifier: 
1840.02.29.00