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Beyond Penn's Treaty

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

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host and family farewell. Rode to the Indian Interpreter’s, the
place appointed, they having not as yet come neither were
many more expected than these were on Seventh day when
we left them, after some time there sachem
one Chief & one Warrior, with four of their women which made
up the Counsel, they inform'd us that whatever proposition we
made them should be delivered to the rest, so that they were willing
to receive what we had to say, We found them pretty much in
the same situation with the Onondago

s, treated them made
them nearly the same offers, which they said they were glad to
hear from Us and should in the fall send some of their Boys to
us to school. Besides Educating and learning several of their
lads trades, we told both these and the Onondagos, they should
have some axes & hoes sent them in the Spring, their situations
are very similar as to subsistence having their whole dependence
on Wild game and fish both are very plenty, these last have
the advantage of the others there so being so near the Lake
their huts standing near the brink, at any time they
go out may in a short time take a dozen or two of very
large fat eels, much fatter in the opinion of such of the
Company as had been acquainted with this kind of fish
than they had ever seen before, as well as much larger; they
take them with the spear, and so they do the Pike which
which is also of a superior size, between 3 & 4 feet in
length, to weigh near 20 weight. We now left them
2 ½ miles from our Quarters, to their Castle from thence to
7 Miles more to the ferry rode near the lake, land of a very different kind
from the county in general having a Barren appearance, the timber almost
altogether white oak, the Timber short trees low, and not as
we got to the ferry and in the turn we took to the Indian