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Beyond Penn's Treaty

Joseph Moore's Journal

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which appeared to give general satisfaction. After
which, the Indians gave our friend John Parrish

new name, which they in their language call Sutte-
kutte, and signifies plain or level. This name was
given by Farmer's Brother, at which there was a
small shout, in their way, and they would have given
us a song on the occasion; but understanding we were
a plain people, not accustomed to singing, it was
omitted, and nothing further followed than a little
pleasantry. Near ten o'clock we all retired and
rested bravely.

In the morning the Indians showed no inclination
to depart while the commissioners were here.Red

, at the close of one of his speeches last even-
ing, signified, that when he was in Philadelphia, the
white people had proposed a method for them to
turn buffaloes into cows, deer into sheep, and bears
into hogs; he thought it now a fit time for the com-
missioners to show them a piece of their skill; as
they were now on their way to Canandaigua for
some clothing, &c, and that a good buffalo would be
very agreeable for provision on the way. The com-
missioners used some endeavours to obtain a fat cow;
but as there was none to be had here, they gave them
a quantity of salt beef, pork, and corn, at which they
appeared satisfied.


We prepared to move forward; divers other
people fell in company with us from Schenectady

and other places, who were going into Upper Cana-
. We swam our horses over the Genesee river
with some difficulty, and we, with our baggage,
crossed in a canoe. In the evening we put up in the
woods by the side of Tonnewanta creek, where we
sheltered for the night with a good fire, and tied up