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Beyond Penn's Treaty

Journal of a Visit to the Oneida, Stockbridge, and Brotherton Indians

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the Bank of Earth it was Crost of from its sink was on seventh
Day last seen by several people on the opposite side of the Creek
it was to be sure a strange sight to see how jostled & jumbled a
situation the sudden stroke of a few minutes left in it so vastly uneven very
wide cracks opening so wide as it was with difficulty we
could pass to view it. These was at the time a flock of sheep
grazing thereon and in there surprise huddled together after
taking a view to our satisfaction and admiration returnd
to our quarters got a breakfast . Crossed the Katskill Creek
to the Village of the same name where our host inform'd
us 6 years ago there were but 7 dwellings houses now we
suppose there to be between 40 & 50 & 20 stores several vessels on
the Hocks from thence we Rid & crossed Baltimore Creek & T Town Village
22 miles & Din'd Edward Hallack

son of our Ancient
kind friend of the same name heretofore namedafter which
we set out for Albany the stream of our Northern course when
we got late in the evening put up our horses at a Tavern after
which our friend Peter Field a Watchmaker the only whose
family is the only one that has a right among friends, got us
quarters these appearing a necessity of our dividing, there are but a
few other members & a few more friendly People & professors
but no meeting nearer than Sixteen miles, the friends wife express
to me the concern it was to her that they were so situated the Custom
of the place was such as to give her concern on their children’s
account that her daughter they hadseveral times had invitations to go
to their public amusements, that the refusal seems strange
to the impiters this last ride to until we got to Albany was
16 miles, though we believed it to be 20

the fourth of the week
& eighth of the month in the Afternoon

left Albany and rode
14 miles to Schenectady

where we lodged the place seems
nearly as large as Albany tay above the Rapids of Mohawk
River, between the two town a barren Sandy soil chiefly