The Mohicans of Stockbridge

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FINISHED COLONIAL BUSINESS, UNFINISHED INDIAN BUSINESS

When the Stockbridge heroes returned home they found a new minister. Stephen West was another Yale man and an old-guard Calvinist, long on Christian exactitude and discipline, short on Christian compassion. He seems to have had only one special credential to head the Indian mission. He, too, had married one of the Williams girls. On June 13, 1759, West became pastor, according to him, "with the delightful agreement and unanimity of the inhabitants." As was expected of them, the Stockbridges granted him 50 acres.1

The returning men had little time to acquaint themselves with the pastor. It was late into the hunting season, and consequently they extended their stay in the woods. Many of the men were still pursuing game in mid-April, which delayed somewhat their entry into the 1760 campaign. One of the Jacobs' sons was in Scaticook on May 1 to recruit, but the Indians there had already signed with militia companies.2 Jeffery Amherst, despite his disdain for them, wanted the Stockbridge Indian companies back, and he wanted them at Albany by May 1 ready to march at a moment's notice, with their guns in good working order. Any Indians who in his view were too old or too young, too weak or too lazy should stay home.

Since the two Stockbridge captains were still prisoners, Amherst offered Solomon Uhhaunauwaunmut command of their two companies. If the men conformed to his stipulations and proved useful, he promised to

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