Blog Post 5- Victoria Myers
Molly Brant- As a female Mohawk, It is in my religion and belief that there is a battle between good and evil. I am also the house wife and mother of nine of his children, to Sir William Johnson, a very successful official to the British Empire, who has helped the relationship his people and my people. The British empire has also finally been making law and regulation to help my people keep our land, faith, and lives. I am also the sister of Joseph Brant, who is a chief in the Iroquois, which made up of our tribe, the Mohawks, and the others, Cayuga, Onondaga, Seneca, Oneida, and Tuscarora. We are also the children of a past chief, Peter Tehonwaghkwangeraghkwa. I am a loyalist to the crown because of my family, background, and for my survival.
When I am asked the question of what we should do with disloyalty, I can not help but to think about the many occasions where the rebels have taken out their anger towards my people. The disrespect that was shown when the rebellion started taking lead was the signs of evil intent, and the mockery that was intensified. The fear of living in my own home and the feeling of unknown to what was going to happen to my family or I. Remembering moments of living in Sir Johnson home, Johnson Hall, and the people we use to court there. We would throw parties for Englishmen and Iroquois to come together, where they could meet and work on relations. Of course, there was always the sense of entitled and uptightness that the Englishmen had, but during those times there was a sense of hope and coming to an understanding to our people and theirs. Now flash forward a couple years when, Sir William has passed, and I moved with my family back to Canajoharie’s for a little while trying to live and run a shop, until we had to relocate up to a fort in upper New York, because it was too dangerous for us to stay. I fear what can happen to my and my Brother’s family especially now that my brother is going to stand and act as a Military Officer for the Iroquois and the Englishmen while I step in as an interpreter.
The question of “What we should do with Disloyalties or rebels?”, is not a difficult question for me to answer. The pain and suffering that was put through my family because of the wants of the rebels is clear to me to be a sign of evil. I think that they should be punish by the highest price and be put to death. The rebels offend would hang loyalist to the crown, by trees and rope, they would also harm and torture. I believe they should be taken care of. My brother and I have no problem and no choice in serving the British empire, if the rebels are not stopped, I fear what could happen to my people and the lost we would have.