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Beyond Penn's Treaty

Account of a Journey to the Indian Country

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nifested much stillness and composure, at taking
leave of their parents, to go a long journey, with
perfect strangers, to reside in a distant land. So we
went to the Mohawk river, and they stepped into
the boat, wrapped their faces in their blankets, and
I do not remember that they uttered a word. We
now had to pass down this river about one hundred
miles, but got on very well the first day's voyage.


Very cold this morning, especially on the
Mohawk. We arrived at the Falls about breakfast-
time. These wonderful works of Providence are
very striking to every rational beholder. The water-
fall is fifty-one feet between the tremendous rocks,
which form a perfect stone wall for the space of
twenty miles along the river. This river receives
the fewest creeks of any I know of; consequently it
keeps nearly the same height, and is not affected by
any tide. Travellers often stop, kindle a fire on its
banks, and dress their meal.

My companion

continues ill, increasingly so, by
being much exposed to the cold in an almost open
boat, while the hills and fields are covered with snow.
About four o'clock in the afternoon we arrived at
Schenectady, and procured comfortable lodgings,
which could not be obtained at every place.


A rainy morning. I felt well in health,
through favour, tho' my companion, H. Simmons

was still affected with the ague. Being first-day,
early in the morning, we were taken about fourteen
miles in a carriage to Albany, where we tarried at
the house of our kind friend, Peter Field, during
the remainder of this day, which I spent chiefly in
reading the Book of Martyrs. There are but three
families of Friends in this place, who are not thought