In 1759, Sir William Johnson had described in his diary the initial discussions of peace and trade in the region between the British and Six Nations.
Two years later, on July 25th, 1761, at Fort Niagara, Johnson wrote the following in his diary:
…Captain Butler from Toronto arrived here, and gave a very good account of the behavior of the Mississagays, Chippawas, Michilimakinacs, &c., during their residence there, and by their speeches, and everything else, seemed to be very hearty in our interest. He is to set off from here on the morrow.
Then, on August 3rd, he wrote:
Captain Fonda arrived here from Toronto, where he said the trade was over for this season; and that they had a great deal of goods yet on hand, which he offered to sell at prime cost, but could not dispose of them. He says the Indians all behaved extremely well who came there to trade; that they sell gunpowder at a bear skin for a pound.
And on August 5th:
Captain Fonda came to acquaint me he was going to Toronto, as he could not dispose of his cargo here…