Tarhe (The Crane) address at Greenville, July 16, 1814

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Tarhe

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1814-07-16

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Father, the President of the United States and you fathers now sitting before me, listen! Brothers Shawnese, Delawares, Senecas, and all of our ancient brothers, listen to the few words I have to say. It is a long time since I determined to abandon the British Government and their interest, and to join the United States. Here is the British silver I hold in my hand; (holding in his hand two British medals) I kept it, not because I thought it afforded me protection. I will now cut it to pieces, (striking the medals with a large knife) and give it up to my father the President. I have long been in friendship with the United States, and here (pointing to a large medal with the United States' coat of arms, which hung on his breast) is what shall hold to in future. [He then handed to the commissioners, with every mark of contempt for the British medals, two valuable ones he had received from that Government.] [Prucha, Indian Peace Medals in American History, pp. 33-34; quoting (note 10)," Journal and Proceedings, July 16, 1814, ASPIA, I, 834. Brackets are in the original." American State Papers: Indian Affairs (2 vols., Washington, 1832-34).

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[1] Prucha, Indian Peace Medals in American History, pp. 33-34 [partial quotation?];

[2] American State Papers: Indian Affairs (2 vols., Washington, 1832-34), Journal and Proceedings, July 16, 1814, vol. I, 834. Brackets are in the original.

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Tarhe, “Tarhe (The Crane) address at Greenville, July 16, 1814,” Wyandot History: A Guide to Original Sources and Current Scholarship, accessed May 23, 2017, http://wyandothistory.com/index.html/items/show/60.

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