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Beyond Penn's Treaty

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

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Here we find five families of our wandering seated with wanderedfriends
seated on in what was seven years
ago a Wilderness, four hundred miles from their native
homes & their kindred,
in Boston or Massachusetts state, on land of a
superior kind, having now, fields of Indian Corn, Wheat,
Grass, Buildings where they seem to enjoy a plenty of
the things of Life in a plain Homespun manner; their
land seems wonderfully adapted to Indian Corn & Grass. They take
a piece of their lofty timbered land in the winter &
spring, along Cut the Timber off by the first of the Fifth Month
when they with the Hoe only without any other Operration
put the corn in about three feet each way, the Customary
of the Corn way of planting in distance of planting their Corn, this seems to be the
main part of the Labour for a Crop, then cut up some few
weeds that comes up among the Corn, rarely doing any
more to it, not even hilling itself, till the Crop comes
to perfection; this practice was performed to a field of
nearly ten acres of Nathan Comstock

which in the
fall last was cloth'd with living timber now is in
a beautiful field of Corn planted after the twentyeth
of the fifth Month, their corn yealds them from twenty
to forty bushels to the Acre by their information. In this
settlement is many more families professers with friends from the
same place and places adjacent. This Country is divided
in Countys, the Counties in to townships of six miles 23040 acres, these
Townships in to lots of 320 Acres each numbered so many lots seven
years ago last fall the purchase of this Township was
for 1152 pounds, now one of these lots will sell