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Beyond Penn's Treaty

Journey into Indian Country

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I thought was owned, a degree of solemnity at-
-tending, and after a short pause Cornplanter

opened the Council, the following being the
substance of his speech.

Brothers the Quakers,
Listen no now to what I
am going to say to you. – You know
brothers the Red people are poor, the great
Spirit has made them of another language,
so that it is very hard for us to understand
one another plainly, as there is no person
here that can interpret very well.
we take great pains to settle
the proposals you made to us, but we differ
in Opinions, and we must take great
pains to have every thing compleat
we suppose the reason you came here
was to help Poor Indians some way or other,
and you wish the Chiefs to tell their Warriors
not to go on so bad as the have done, and
you wish us to take up work like the white
People, now Brothers some of our sober men
will take take up work, and do as you say,
and if the do well, then will your young
Men stay longer, but some others will not
mind what you say