Sunday, 30th June. Went to Church forenoon and afternoon, after which attended at Church w[h]ere the Mohawks were Call[e]d to Prayers and the Service in their Langwage, which was Performed with the utmost Decency. Many of them had books and responded.
-- Theodore Atkinson, Albany, 1754
Few firsthand accounts of the Albany Congress exist. Historians have had to rely on the official minutes of the treaty conference with the Indians, reports completed by some of the colonial delegations for their home governments, and occasional recollections by individual participants, some written a few days after the congress and some as much as thirty years later. Singular among these sources is the journal kept by New Hampshire commissioner Theodore Atkinson, which provides an eyewitness account of what transpired in Albany between June 19 and July 11, 1754.1 Atkinson comes across on these pages as a taciturn, often cranky New Englander alternately irritated and intrigued by his trip to that far-off place, Albany. He resented the difficulty of travel through western Massa____________________