Memorial of the Mohegan Indians

To the Honorable General Assembly at Hartford the second Thursday of May instant  

The prayer of us, the subscribers of the remnant of the poor tribe of the Mohegan Indians, humbly sheweth that the said Mohegan Indians were formerly in great amity with Major John Mason, deceased, who was always very true and faithful to the interest of the said tribe of Indians and a constant and uninterrupted friendship hath always been maintained by the said Major Mason’s posterity and as ever since and that to such a great degree that when the late Captain John Mason, who we hear is dead in England was about to settle in the Mohegan lands, we did unanimously agree with and promise him that he and his posterity should dwell thereon so long as he and his and us and our posterities should  remain to be overseers over us

and to see that none of the English did damage in our fields, upon which agreement, the said Captain John Mason, depending upon our promise (which we desire always to perform) came and built and settled to our great satisfaction and so continued there until he went to England, and was always careful of our interest. During which time we used to sustain little or no damage in or fields by hogs or horses, but since Captain

Mason hath been gone and the care come into the hands of others, we have suffered great damage, for our hogs are not allowed to go in the pasture that we found for that use and when any horses get into our fields, and we put them into the pound, Ben will turn them out and deliver them to their owners without paying any damage, and he utterly denies to ask us any council in any of the affairs but does as he is directed by them, whom we think to be our trespassers.

Therefore, we pray that Mrs. Mason and the heirs of Captain Mason,1 there now dwelling, may by all means be continued there until we hear from England by Samuel Mason, who we expect every day, for if they are turned off, we shall be necessitated to be worse than our promise to Captain Mason, and if they are continued there, we may quietly enjoy our lands under their care and inspection,  The gentlemen of the committee are so remote from us that it is very difficult for them to obtain true apprehensions of our affairs, and Ben, we are informed, that says he cares not for us but is about to let out all our lands from us and receive the profits to his own use, which is that which we can by no means allow of, for we reckon we have, each of us, an equal interest with him.

We subscribe in the behalf of all the Mohegan Indians, except Ben and some few that are in the woods hunting,  and what we have written is the desire of twenty four of us.  Wherefore, we pray that the Honorable Assembly would not turn off from said land the said Mrs. Mason and her children, the heirs of Captain Mason, until we have further news from England and that no other person or persons may encroach upon us in the mean time and that we may quietly enjoy our lands as heretofore we are your Honors’  humble petitioners,

Wemuscum, his mark

Sam Uncas, his mark

John Uncas, Jr. , his mark

Zachary Johnson, his mark                                                        

Jo Comoush, his mark

Mohegan, May 9th AD 1737

            Notation:          Memorial Mohegan Indians / May 1737        

Cataloguing:    158a, 158b, 186, 5

  • 1. Heirs consisted of James, Jemima, Peleg and Rachel Mason.