Appointment of a Committee to Attend the Installment of a Mohegan Sachem

On information of the death of Ben Uncas, Sachem of the Tribe of Indians at Mohegan, considering the necessity of taking care of their welfare and preventing the difficulties and disputes which may arise among them concerning the establishment and installment of a sachem, and also concerning the way and manner of their improvement of the lands sequestered by the Governor and Company of this colony for their use.  This Assembly do appoint Jabez Hamlin and William Hillhouse, Esqs., to be a committee forthwith to repair to Mohegan and collect and call together so many of said tribe, as willingly shall attend, and meet with them on the present occasion to consult what is best to be done relative to a sachem for said tribe, and what is needful to prevent any difficulties and disputes which have arisen or may be likely to arise among them concerning the improvements of their said lands, and, generally, to enquire after the best ways and means to promote the good agreement and welfare of said tribe and make report to this Assembly.

Legislative Action:        Passed in the Upper House.  Test, George Wyllys, Secretary.  Concurred in the Lower House, with the addition of Gurdon Saltonstall, Esq., to the above appointed committee.  Test, William Williams, Clerk.  Concurred in the Upper House with the further addition of Pygan Adams, Esq., to the above committee.  Test, George Wyllys, Secretary.  In the Lower House, the addition of Pygan Adams, Esq., etc., is concurred with.  Test, William Williams, Clerk / May 1769 /

Appointment committee to attend installment Mohegan sachem / May 1769 / Passed Upper House / May 15 a.m. / Passed Lower House / xx / Entered

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