Colonial Office. 324/40.
COMMISSION TO SIR WILLIAM JOHNSON
TO BE AGENT AND SUPERINTENDANT OF THE SIX NATIONS OF INDIANS IN THE NORTHERN PARTS OF NORTH AMERICA
24 March 1761.
SIR WILLIAM JOHNSON, Bart., Agent for the affairs of the six Nations of Indians.
George the Third, etc., To our trusty and well-beloved Sir William Johnson, Bart., Greeting. We reposing especial trust and confidence in your loyalty, fidelity and ability, do by these Presents, constitute and appoint you to be our sole agent for and Superintendent of the affairs of our faithful subjects and Allies the Six United Nations of Indians and their Confederates in the Northern parts of North America, with the annual salary of Six Hundred Pounds sterling, payable quarterly, at the four most usual feasts or days of payment in the year, out of such sums of money as shall be in the hands of the Commander in Chief of our Forces in America for the time being applicable to the service of America, to hold, exercise and enjoy the said Office with the several salaries, perquisites and advantages thereunto belonging during our pleasure. And we do hereby direct our Commander in Chief of our Forces in America now and for the time being whose Command and Directions you are punctually to observe in all matters relating to the Affairs of the said Indians to take effectual care that the said salary of £600 be duly paid and satisfied to you according to our will and pleasure herein declared. Given at our Court at St. James's the 24th day of March 17 61 in the first year of our Reign.
By His Majesty's Command,