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The original design of the late William L. Stone, in writing his Indian histories, contemplated a complete account of the great Iroquois Confederacy, from the discovery to the present time. This history was to be embraced in four distinct works: the Early History of the Iroquois from the discovery to the year 1735; the Life of Sir William Johnson, the Life of Brant, and the Life of Red Jacket. Circumstances, which are explained in the Life of Brant, induced the preparation of that work first: afterward, the present work was written; and shortly before his death the Life and Times of Sir Wilham Johnson was begun.
The design of the lives of Johnson and Brant was not merely to embrace the biographies of the principal personages themselves, but, under the shadow of their names, to preserve the history of the Six Nations during their lives; and, also, to gather up and reduce to form, in the life of the latter, the rich materials of the previously unwritten border history of the American revolution.
The present volume, containing the life of the great Seneca orator, was constructed upon the same plan. After the death of Brant, Red Jacket became the man of greatest
among the Six Nations; and, in writing his life,