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Beyond Penn's Treaty

Baltimore Yearly Meeting Indian Committee Minutes

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before visited his Friends & Brothers the Quakers &
held talks with them, and has found upon experience
that what they have heretofore told him, respecting the
benefits he would receive from cultivating the ground
is true. He remarked that he felt a strong desire
to conform to the advice he has received to plant corn
and take care of his Farm & Stock, and has been trying
to conform to it in order to support his family; but
he is in want of tools & farming utensils and cannot
carry on his business without them. In order to effect
what has already been done at his villages, his
people have been obliged to borrow from Waupaukan
etta
, but being soon obliged to return them they have
worked to a great disadvantage. He has himself 4
Horses, but no gears to put on them, and should he
obtain assistance from friends, it will be applied by
him for the general benefit of his village

Captain Lewis further stated that there are
about 40 young men at his town who are capable
of labour and that they had cleared and fenced
in a considerable quantity of land which was
now under cultivation, that he had this past
year raised a good crop of wheat & corn and proposed
on his return home to open a road from his village
to the mill now building by friends for the use of
the Indians at Waupaukanetta, He also stated
that his people some time since unanimously
determined to listen to the advice they had received
to abstain from spirituous liquors and that none had
latterly been introduced amongst them.