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Beyond Penn's Treaty

Missionary’s address to the Chiefs of the Six Nations of Indians and their response.

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were small, they found friends and not enemies, they
told us they had fled from their own country for fear of
wicked men, and had come here to enjoy their religion,
they asked for a small seat, we took pity on them,
Graned their request, and they sat down amongst us,
we gave them corn & meat, they gave us poison (alluding
it as supposed to ardent spirits) in retuurn. the white people
had now found our country, tidings were carried back,
and more came amongst us, yet we did not fear them
we took them to be friends they called us Brothers, we
believed them, and gave them a large seat, at length
their numbers had greatly increased, they wanted
more land, they wanted our country, our eyes were
opened and our minds became uneasy, wars took place
Indians were hired to fight against Indians, and
many of our people were destroy'd, they also brought
strong liquors amongst us, it was strong and power
ful, and has slain thousands.

Brother, our seats were once large and yours
were small, you have now become a great people;
and we have scarcely a place left to spread our
Blankits, you have got our country, but are not
satisfied, you want to force your Religion upon us.

Brother, continue to listen, you say you are sent
to instruct us how to worship the Great spirit agreeably to
his mind, and if we do not take hold of the Religion which you
teach, we shall be unhappy hereafter, you say that you
are right and we are lost, how do you know this to be
true; we understand that your religion is written in a
book, if it was intended for us as well as you, why has
not the great spirit given to us, and not only to us,
but why did he not give to our forefathers the know
ledge of that book, with the means of understanding
it rightly; we only know what you tell us about
it, how shall we know what to believe, being so often
deciev'd by the white people

Brother, you say there is but one way to worship
and serve the Great spirit, if there is but one Religion