THE KINGS LAND RAID
OF
OCTOBER 1779

Montrl Octr 7:th 1779 —

Sir

four of  the party of  Mohawks that passt Capt Frasers post the 30th of Augt last are returned arrived here yesterday the rest followed Sr John in their going they passt Fort Stanwix & from thence down the Mohawk River as far as the Little Falls near Canajoharee where they took 6 Farmers pris:rs and burned 18 houses and a Mill in a new Little settlement called Kings Land belonging to our three families [Sir John Johnson’s, Guy Johnson’s and Daniel Claus’] most of the farmers lived upon my right. They found as They were making off with the Pris:rs That one was not right in his Senses whom they dismissed again. After their Arrival at  St Regis  Swegachy was 8 days after their leaving the Mohawk River They proceeded to St Regis the Indn then divided the Pris:rs left 4 with the St Regis the and 2 Mountn Indns who accompanied them & brought one Bartholomew Forbes down here.

I have not heard of their being come to Town y[et] Forbes is a simple Farmer abt 22 years old says They hear not much News in the Woods heard there were between 3 & 400 man at Fort Stanwix, 60 Militia at the German Flatts under the comand of one Co:l Ranslear / knew of no Troops being at Schenectady or Albany. Says every thing is very dear there, has been a bad harvest the Wheat being mostly blated, and the Country in great distress and in hopes of Peace being soon restored. When the other pris:rs arrive They may perhaps be more intelligent They will be delivered to Col Campbell Wch I desired the Mohawk to tell the St Regis Indns on Their arrival. I have kept half a dozen of Trusty Mohawks here agreable to Your Excells Directions I have transmitted Col Johnson an Abstract of my accots since Autumn 1777 and should Your Excelly not arrive here before next post shall send You another Copy with what Sums I recd by Temporary Warrants, as I am pressed to settle with the merchts I had goods from before the sailing of the fleet.

I have the Honr To be wh great Respect,

Sr Yr Exys Most Obedient Svt

D Claus

His Excelly

Genl Haldiman:

&c &c &c.

[found in the left margin about one-third of the way down on the document is the names of:]

Adam Furrer

Jno Maldaner

Chas Kern

Han Jost Klock

Barthw Forbes

(The Claus Family Papers in the Canadian National Archives, Records Group MG19, F1, Volume 25, pages 136-137)

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