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Treaty of 1725, for Ratification at Casco Bay
The submission and Agreement of the Delegates of the Eastern Indians (December 15, 1725, Boston New England, British Possession)



WHEREAS
 the several Tribes of Eastern Indians vis: The penobscot, Maridgwalk, St.John, Cape Sables and other Tribes Inhabiting within His Majesty’s Territories of New England and Nova Scotia who have been engaged in the present War from whom Wesauguaaram alias Loron Arexus Xavier and Maganumoe are delegated and fully empowered to enter into Article of Pacification with his Majesty’s Government of the Mass Bay New Hampshire and Nova Scotia, Have contrary to the several Treaties they have Solemnly interred into with the said Government made an open rupture and have continued some years in Acts of Hostility against the subject of His Majesty’s King George within the said Government. They being now sensible of the miseries and troubles they have involved themselves in and being desirous to be restored to His Majesty’s Grace and favour and to live in peace with all his Majesty’s Subjects of the said Three Government, The province of New York and Colonies of Connecticut and Rod Island and that former acts of injury be forgotten. Have concluded to make and we Do by these presents in the name and behalf of the said Tribes make our submissions unto his most Excellent Majesty George by the Grace of God of Great Britain, France and Ireland, King Defender of the faith in as full and ample manner as any of our Predecessors have heretofore done.

And we do hereby promises and engage with the Honourable William Dummer Esq; as he is Lieutenant Governor and Commander in Chief of His Majesty’s Province of the Massachusetts Bay and with the Governors or Commanders in Chief of the said Provinces for the time being.

That is to say.

We the said Delegates for and in behalf of the several Tribes above said Do promise and engage that all times forever from and after the date of these presents We and They will Erase and for bear all Acts of Hostility, Injuries and discord towards all the subjects of the crown of Great Britain and not offer the least hurt, violence or molestation to them or any of them in their persons oe Estates. But will hence forward hold and maintain a firm and Constant Amity and Friendship with all the English, and will never confederate or combine with any other nation to their prejudice.

That all Captives taken in this present War shall at or before the time of the future Ratification of this Treaty be restored without any ransom or payment to be made for them or any of them.

That His Majesty’s subjects the English Shall and may peaceably and quietly enter upon Improve and forever enjoy all singular their Rights of God and former Settlements properties and possessions within the Easter parts of the said province of the Massachusetts Bay Together with all Island, inlets Shores Beaches and Fishery within the same without any molestation or claims by us or any other Indians and be in no ways molested interrupted or disturbed therein.

Saving unto the Penobscot, Naridgwalk and other Tribes within His Majesty’s province aforesaid and their natural Descendants respectively all their lands, Liberties and properties got by them conveyed or sold to or possessed by any of the English Subjects as aforesaid. As also the privilege or fishing, hunting, and fowling as formerly.

That all trade and Commerce which hereafter may be allowed betwixt the English and Indians shall be under such management and Regulations as the Government of the Mass. Province shall direct.

If any Controversy or difference at any time hereafter happen to arise between any of the English and Indians for any recall or supposed wrong or injury done on either side no private Revenge shall take place for the same but proper application shall be made to His Majesty’s Government up in the place for Remedy or induce there of in due course of Justice. We submitting ourselves to be ruled and governed by His Majesty’s Law and desiring to have the benefit of the same.

We also the said Delegates in behalf of the Tribes of Indians Inhabiting within the French Territories who have assisted us in this was for a term we are fully Empowered to Act in the present Treaty. Do hereby promise and engage that they and every of them shall henceforth cease and forebear all acts of Hostility force and violence towards all and every the Subjects of His Majesty the King of Great Britain.

We do further in behalf of the Tribe of the Penobscot Indians promise and Engage that if any other Tribes intended to be included in this Treaty that notwithstanding Refuse to confirm and ratify this present Treaty entered into on their behalf and continue or renew Acts of Hostility against the English. In such case the said Penobscot Tribe shall join their men with the English in reducing them to reason.

In the next place We the forenamed Delegates. Do promise and engage with the Honourable John Wentworth Esq; as he is Lieutenant Governor and Commander in Chief of His Majesty’s Province of New Hampshire and with the Governor and Commander in Chief of the said provinces for the time being that we and the Tribe we are debuted from will henceforth erase and for bear aa Acts of Hostility Injuries and discords towards all the subjects of His Majesty King George within the said province And we do understand and take it that the said Government of New Hampshire is also included and expecting that respecting the regulating the trade with us.

And further we the forenamed Delegates do promise and engage with the Honourable Lawrence Armstrong; Lieutenant Governor and Commander in Chief of His Majesty’s Province of Nova Scotia or Accadie to live in peace with His Good Subjects and their Dependants in that Government according to the Articles agreed on with Major Paul Makarene commissioned in the said Article.

That this present Treaty shall be accepted Ratified and confirmed in a public and Solemn manner by the Chiefs of the several Eastern Tribes of Indians included Therein at Talmouth in Casco Bay sometime in the month of May next. In testimony whereof we have signed these presents and affixed our seals.

Done in the presence of the Great and General Court of Assembly of the Province of Massachusetts Bay aforesaid.

Being first read distinctly and interpreted by Capt. John Gyles Capt. Samuel Jordan and Capt. Joseph Baries Sworn Interpreters.

(Signed) A. Willard

Dated at the Council Chamber in Boston in New England this fifteenth Day of December Anno Dom. One Thousand Seven Hundred and Twenty five. Annog 3 Ri Rex Georgy Magna Britania Duodecimo

Ganaraarum x Alt Loron Signed Arexies x by Francois x Xavier by Megonumoe x