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Beyond Penn's Treaty

New York Yearly Meeting minutes [Indian reports extracted]

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Meeting on its concern relative to Indian Affairs Report -

That during the course of last year, we have frequently
met, and the subject of our appointment weightily
claimed our attention, often leading our minds
into anear sympathy with the natives; and altho
the exercise presented at times many discouragements,
yet as we were from time to time made sensible
that the concern was owned, we were encouraged to
believe, that as friends attend to the pointings of
duty, and persevere therein, that they might be very
useful to this People - In the course of last year
two of our number, altho not appointed particularly
to the service, paid avisit to some of the Tribes from
areligious concern, which was to the satisfaction of
the friends, and appeared very acceptable to the Indians.
The Stockbridge Tribe expressed a desire that some
suitable Person might be sent among them to instruct
some of their young Men in the Blacksmiths business -
as if may be difficult to meet with a Friend, suitable
& free, to reside among them, the Committee turned
their attention to endeavour to serve them by procuring
suitable places, where some of their Youth might be
placed to get instruction in that Trade, - and as this
may greatly forward them in civilized life, it is desirable
that friends generally may aid the Committee in
finding places for them - After having made
some progress in improving the general state of things
in the settlement in and about Oneida, we find that friends
of Pensylvania Yearly Meeting have withdrawn their members