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Beyond Penn's Treaty

Journal of a Journey

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the path from Cornplanter's

to Genesinguhta being
in some places very difficult passing; [the distance]
being nine or ten miles.


Stayed with our friends and visited several
families of Indians in their houses and cabins. One
Indian, John

, has built himself a snug house and
kitchen, the logs well-hewn and the joists and boards
planed, [with] sash and glass windows. He has
mowed and made two good stacks of hay, fenced in
several acres of ground in which he has good corn;
and several others of them are improving in their
buildings, fencing, etc. We have fared very well
this day on provision wellcooked by Halliday Jack-
; also walked about and reviewed the improve-
ment made by our young friends in this wilderness
country, which appears considerable. And although
I think the spot they are settled upon is much infer-
ior to many other places in these parts for fertility,
yet their corn and buckwheat are good; [they] had
pretty good oats, have a considerable quantity of hay
procured, a large garden of good vegetables, and have
about five acres of ground cleared and plowed ready
to sow wheat. They have got a comfortable two-
story house to live in, and several other necessary

[To be Continued.]