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David Bacon journal

Identifier: HC.MC-975-01-003

Scope and Content note

This collection includes the original copy of David Bacon’s journal kept during his time with the Six Nations in 1794, as well as two photocopies. Entries describe Bacon’s journey to the Six Nations territory, and interactions between himself and the members of the Six Nations, as well as discussions between representatives from the American and Six Nations governments concerning the treaty that was to determine the land rights of the Six Nations after the end of the American Revolutionary War. Bacon also includes his accounts of speeches given by both American representatives and Six Nation chiefs, including Cornplanter and Red Jacket.


  • 1794


Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Law Applies (U.S. Title 17).

Biographical note

David Bacon (1729-1809), the son of John Bacon, was a Philadelphia hatter and a Quaker elder who visited Canandaigua, New York in the fall of 1794 to be present at a treaty with the Indians of the Six Nations. Bacon married Mary Trotter, the daughter of Joseph Trotter in the Philadelphia Monthly Meeting in 1751.The couple had six children; Susan P., Joseph, Charles W., Edmund P., Mary, and Anna Bacon.

Historical note

Prior to the creation of Indian Committees for the Yearly Meetings of Philadelphia, Baltimore, and New York, the Meeting for Sufferings of Philadelphia was informed that the Indians desired Quakers to be present at the treaty of the Six Nations of New York at Canandaigua, and as a result, the Meeting sent David Bacon, William Savery, John Parrish, and James Emlen to attend the treaty.

The Treaty at Canandaigua, concluded on November 11, 1794, determined the territory to be left to the tribes of the Six Nations, who had fought against the colonies in the American Revolutionary War. The Six Nations, also known as the Iroquois, included the Mohawks, the Oneidas, the Onondagas, the Cayugas, the Senecas, and the Tuscaroras.


0.083 Linear Feet (1 volume)





Related Materials

  • MC 1100 Scattergood family papers
  • MC 1156 Bacon family papers
  • MC 1226 Bacon family papers
  • MC 950.009 David Bacon financial records
  • MC 975.01.061 William Savery diaries
  • MC 975.01.053 John Parrish diaries

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Processed by Kara Flynn; completed July 2015.


David Bacon journal, 1794
Kara Flynn
July 2015
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