To the Honorable James Barker—Secretary of War of the United States.
The undersigners chiefs, and principal men of the Brothertown Tribe of Indians, residing in Brothertown county of Oneida and State of New York take the liberty respectfully to represent to the Honorable the Secretary of War, that the Brothertown Indians have purchased a tract of land eight miles wide and thirty miles long on the Fox River in the Territory of Michigan and have otherwise become interested in country in the vicinity of Green Bay with some of the other tribes of Indians of the State of New York to which place they have a prospect of removing; and having understood the Government of the United States intends holding a Treaty with the Menominee and Winnebago and Chippeway Tribes of Indians at Green Bay the next summer for the purpose of settling the boundaries between the several Tribes of Indians in that country and for other purposes – would it be improper or unnecessary for the Brothertown Indians to send a small delegation to attend the great council inasmuch as it is expected that several of the Brothertown people will visit Green Bay next summer to make preparation for removing to Green Bay and settling on their land in that vicinity. The land purchased of the Menominee Tribe of Indians, by the Stockbridge, Oneida, Tuscarara and St. Regis Tribes of Indians, is all held in common by the purchasers, except that part which is purchased by the Brothertown Indians, and it is presumed that it would contribute greatly to the harmony and good understanding between those Tribes to have a suitable proportion of the land set off to each tribe for their own separate use and occupation and if such divisions should take place next summer, it is presumed the presence of the commissioners on the part of the United States would greatly facilitate the proper division of the land among the several tribes above mentioned. It is believed it will not be many years before several hundred of our Brethren will remove from this State to Green Bay and its vicinity and it is presumed that many thousands more will be disposed to settle there from other parts of the United States before many years – And the Brothertown people are very solicitory that everything should be done that can be done to preserve the good understanding and harmony between those of our Brethren who may remove there which will greatly promote their prosperity and happiness. If it is consistent with the pleasure of the Honorable the Secretary of War he will please forward his directions by our Agent Mr. Thomas Dean who will be the bearer of this.
January 17th 1827 Signed for and on behalf of the Brothertown Indians by
William Dick Randall Abner Thomas Dick Elkanah Dick Daniel Dick Solomon Paul James Niles Aaron Poquiantup John Jonson Elijah Occuish James Kiness Jacob Scippio Jonathan Choychoys Isaac Scippio Jacob Fowler Samson Wiggins Daniel Wiott Nathan Paul Reubin Simons Alexander Dick Richard Scippio Joseph Tocus James Fowler Asa Dick