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March 11th, 1815

Editor's Note: Secretary of War James Monroe-later President Monroe-acknowledges sacrifices of Indians during the war of 1812, on behalf of then-President, James Madison. Here, the Secretary of War formally thanks the "Six Nations" for their sacrifices during the late conflict and acknowledges their deprivations, which include huge losses in life, resources and housing. He also states that the tribes will be reimbursed for all of these losses and will enjoy an undefined return to the way things were before the start of the late war. This reimbursement will include the sum of $200.00 paid to each and every Warrior who fought on the side of the United States. As was the case with most of the official, previous documents meant for the Six Nations, the term "Brothers" is inserted as a term of affection and endearment. In the light of the coming slew of "treaties" that separated the Six Nations from most of their ancestral lands, such documents as this take on a multi-hued meaning.


March 11th, 1815 Letter
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War Department, Washington
March 11, 1815

Brothers of the Six Nations,
Your communications have been presented to your Father, the President, who has instructed me to make known to you his approbation of your conduct during the late war.

My Brothers,
The President your Father, listens to and cheerfully grants all the just claims which his Children make upon him. The late war occasioned a great rise in the price of the articles which you had been accustomed to receive, and therefore the quantity was lessened. But for this year you shall be compensated. Measures shall be taken to place, as soon as possible the capital which the Seneca Nation held in the United States Bank in such a situation as to give them an annual amount equal to what they have heretofore received.

My Brothers,
The President, your Father, feels great affection for all who have been faithful to the United States in the hour of danger, and he mourns with the families and relations of such of your Warriors as have been killed in battle. He has given instructions that two hundred dollars should be paid to the representatives of each of your Warriors that may have fallen in fighting the battles of the United States, and that suitable compensation shall be made to such of them as may have been disabled by wounds.

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