|"Joseph Brant," oil on canvas, by the American artist Gilbert Stuart. Painted in London, 1786. Private collection.|
“Among us we have no prisons, we have no pompous parade of courts, we have no written laws, and yet judges are as highly revered among us as they are among you, and their decisions are as highly regarded.
Property, to say the least, is well-guarded, and crimes are as impartially punished. We have among us no splendid villains above the control of our laws. Daring wickedness is never suffered to triumph over helpless innocence. The estates of widows and orphans are never devoured by enterprising sharpers. In a word, we have no robbery under color of law.”
—Joseph Brant, 1807
Born on the banks of the Ohio River in 1742 while his parents were on a hunting excursion to that region, he was given the Indian name of Thayendanega, meaning "he places two bets".
|Sir William Johnson (1715-1774)|
Library and Archives Canada
|"Organic Formation of the Principal Elements of Speech," from Alexander|
Melville Bell, Visible Speech, 1864. Photograph by the author, courtesy of the
Curator, Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, Baddeck, Nova Scotia.
|Leaders from the Mohawk, Seneca, Onondaga, Oneida, Cayuga and Tuscaroras tribes gather around the Huron prophet Dekanawidah to recite the laws of the newly formed Iroquois Confederacy.|
|King George III, by Sir William Beechey, the National Portrait Gallery, London|
|Effigy pipe associated with Thayendanegea (Joseph Brant, Mohawk, ca. 1742–1807), ca. 1785. New York. Wood, slate, porcupine quill, dye, silver; 79 x 7 x 6 cm, National Museum of the American Indian.|
|Source: Pipes of our Presidents|