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Beyond Penn's Treaty

Letter from Cornplanter to Quakers

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To the children of the Friends of Onas who first set-
led in Pennsylvania -- The request of the Cornplanter a
chief of the Seneca nation

The Seneca

nation see that the Great spirit
intends that they shall not continue to live by hunting,
and they look round on every side, and enquire who it
is that shall teach them what is best for them to do.
Your Fathers have dealt fairly and honestly with
our Fathers, and they have charged us to remember
it, and we think it right to tell you, that we
wish our children to be taught the same principes
by which your fathers were guided in their councils.

We have too little wisdom among us:
We cannot teach our children what we perceive their
situation requires them to know, and we therefore
ask you to instruct some of them We wish them to be
instructed to read and to write, and such other things
as you teach your children; and especially, to teach
them to love peace.

We desire of you to take under your
care two Seneca

boys and teach them as your own;
and, in order that they may be satisfied to remain with
you and be easy in their minds, that you will take
with them the son of our Interpreter and teach him
also according to his desire.

You know that it is not in our power to