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Beyond Penn's Treaty

Committee on Indian Concerns Scrapbook

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Dear Friend
Sam. A. Parsons

I should have written to thee before but
I concluded that Charles Willetts

would inform
thee all I had to Communicate Respecting our first viset
to our friendly People of the Onondaga tribe--I last
Evening Returned from a second visit (John Dean acompaneyed
me) I think their Conduct and apereance are a Confermation
that the Concern of Friends for the good of the Indians are
a Cooperation of that Sperit which prouceth that life which
breates peace on Earth good will to all men
their very Countenances and gestures ware explanative of
their joy and thankfullness for another opportunity
of taking us by the hand--with all acknowledging the
kind Care of the Great Spirit in our preservation.

The oxen and Tools which we precured
for them (it appears) they have improved agreable to
Friends Desire--they Continue as in their letter to
Request a famely to come among them; a Blacksmith
and a Schoolmaster as they think would suit them best
I beleave a Door is opened to Do them Good; I allso beleave
that It requires a Great Deal of Caution, to attend to best
Wisdom; so that time and money may be wrightly
applyed. Ephrain Webster

the Interpreter apears to be
a sensible man; a man to be Depended on, a reail Friend
to the Indians; apears to have good Unity with Friends in
helping & teaching the Indians apears to be willing to do all
he can to Cary our Designs into effect for their good
these Indians are really Before Friends in the practice of benevolence, acording to ability,
it is a common practice among them to to Care for the Sick &
lame Old men and widdows--as to plant a piece of corn for
them; all the young men turn out hoe and harvest it