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Beyond Penn's Treaty

Minutes of the Committee on Indian Concern No 1

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To the Committee on the Concern relative to the

We of the Sub Committee appointed to pay a
visit to the Indians, have proceeded on that
appointment report. That we first visited
those at Brothertown

& called to see a number of
them in their huts & houses, some of which were very
comfortable & showed the effects of industry & sobriety;
others & by much the largest proportion are still
habituated to intemperance & neglect the improvement
of their land;
there are in this settlement
twelve framed houses & ten barns & the number
of inhabitants about three hundred, including men,
women & children Being several days at
John Dean's, we had an opportunity of discovering
their situation & qualifications for usefulness among
this people, which produced a conviction on our
minds that they are an acquisition to them & the
Indians appear very generally to consider them in
the most favorable point of view. It is with
much satisfaction that we have it in our power to
state that the Superintendants place the fullest