David Bacon Journal


David Bacon (1729-1809) was a Philadelphia hatter and a Quaker elder who visited Canandaigua, New York, in the fall of 1794, to be present at a treaty with the Indigenous populations of the Six Nations, also known as the Iroquois. Bacon kept this journal during his time with the Six Nations. Entries describe Bacon’s  journey to the Six Nations territory, and interactions between himself and the members of the Six Nations, as well as discussions between representatives from the United States and Six Nations governments concerning the treaty that was to determine the land rights of the Six Nations after the end of the Revolutionary War. Bacon also includes his accounts of speeches given by both United States representatives and Six Nation chiefs, including Cornplanter and Red Jacket.

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Diary of David Bacon, 1794