Connecticut General Assembly Resolve on the Petition of Adam

Upon the petition of Adam, an Indian, one of the descendants of the New Haven or Quinnipiac Indians, in behalf of himself and the rest of said tribe, preferred to this Assembly in October last against Timothy Tuttle, Jr. and Joseph Tuttle of said New Haven, showing to this Assembly that the proprietors of said town in the course of their ancient transactions had set apart and reserved for the use of the said Indians, so long as any of them should be remaining about thirty acres of land at or near a place called South End in said New Haven, the use of which to said Indians was and had been secured by John Morris, late of said New Haven, deceased, in and by a certain writing or covenant underhand and seal dated April 26, 1751, entered into by the said John Morris with the said proprietors in behalf and for the benefit of the said Indians, complaining that the said John Morris had sold said lands absolutely and without any reservations in favor of said Indians and that the same lands, being by conveyance derived to the said Timothy and Joseph Tuttle, they claimed the same and altogether hindered and prevented the said Indians from improving and taking any benefit by the praying for relief in the premises and that some suitable person might be appointed to act and manage for them the said Indians as their agent and thereupon

Mr. Samuel Bishop, Jr. of said New Haven was appointed their agent as aforesaid, and also a committee was at that time appointed to enquire into and report make of the matters contained in said petition which committee have now reported, that such reservation in favor of the said Indians was made as aforesaid, the said about thirty acres of land consisting of three pieces in the New Indian Field to be kept properly fenced by the said John Morris, his heirs, and assigns so as to secure the summer growth and improvable by the said Indians by planting one of said pieces each year, i.e., the whole alternately once in three years.  Further also reporting that the said Indians, some of whom still remain, have had such use and improvement of said lands until within a few years last past, they had been disturbed and hindered in their said improvement by the said Timothy and Joseph and giving it as their opinion that the said Indians ought undisturbedly to hold and enjoy the said lands in manner aforesaid so long as any of the said tribe remain, which report hath been accepted.

Whereupon it is resolved and ordered by this Assembly that the said Indians all and any of them so long as any of them or said tribe shall continue and remain, shall and may at all times use, occupy, and enjoy the said about thirty acres of land for planting, according to the true intent and meaning of the said articles of covenant and agreement without any let, hindrance, or molestation from the said Timothy and Joseph Tuttle, their heirs, or assigns, or any other person and that they, the said Timothy and Joseph, their heirs, and assigns, do keep said fences in proper repair as aforesaid.  And further this Assembly doth empower Samuel Bishop, Esq., of New Haven aforesaid as agent for the said tribe of Indians from time to time to inspect into their affairs so far as respects the lands aforesaid, and to prosecute in the law any actions that may be proper and necessary for and toward the said Indians having and enjoying the said about thirty acres of land according to the true intent and meaning of the said covenants and agreements.  'Tis further ordered that the said Mr. Bishop in behalf of the petitioners, recover of the petitionees, their costs in prosecuting their said relation.

Notation:   May 1767 /  Taxed at £ / 1767

Legislative Action: Passed in the Upper House.  Test, George Wyllys, Secretary.  Concurred in the Lower House.  Test, William Williams, Clerk / Adam Indian / Bill form

Cataloguing:  169a169b169c