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Beyond Penn's Treaty

Joseph Moore's Journal

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old corn hills. On each side of these creeks and flats,
are ridges of mountains. We have now travelled ac-
cording to the several distances from place to place,
two hundred, and forty-seven miles.


Rode about thirty miles, and a little be-
fore night, got to an old Indian cabin, with fire in
the middle, where we lodged. We let our horses
browse awhile in the woods, then fed them with oats
we had with us, and tied them up for the night. —
This cabin stands on the bank of the Cohocton . The
roads here are new, and of course rough, which is
trying to the poor horses that are rid hard all day,
and at night tied to a tree. Next day, rode thirty-
six miles to Williamsburgh

. Some parts of the road
very rough. We passed over some of the steepest
hills I ever saw travelled. But the country is new
— and I have no doubt in a few years, the roads will
be much improved, as there is abundance of excel-
lent land that is settling fast in some places. Stayed
this night at captain Charles Williamson's, where we
were kindly entertained.


This morning the commissioners despatch-
ed a messenger to Canandaigua

for an interpreter;
so we rested here and were finely refreshed. Set
out again next day, and rode to Gilbert Berry's, on
the bank of the Genesee river. Here we found
about fifty Indians collected, amongst whom were
some of their chiefs; Farmer's Brother, Red Jacket,
Little Billy, and others, to all of whom a dinner
was given by the commissioners. They expressed
their gladness in seeing us, and we also in seeing
them. In the evening we had some weighty con-
versation together, wherein the commissioners im-
parted a little of their business concerning the treaty;