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Beyond Penn's Treaty

The Life of Thomas Eddy; Comprising an Extensive Correspondence

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among them, persuaded the Indians, when in a state
of intoxication, to sell them their improvement, with
several lots of 100 and 200 acres. About the year
1794, a deputation of Indians

, from Brothertown,
came to some Friends of this city, and stated their
situation to be very deplorable, owing to the imposi-
tion and very bad conduct of the white people, whom
they had admitted into their settlement. Two
Friends went with these deputies to the Governor,
and the situation of the Indians were represented to
him. Agreeably to the orders of the Governor, the
sheriff took a number of civil officers, and turned off
the intruders. In two years after this, the Indians
came again to New York, and represented that the
white people had returned with additional numbers.
and that their situation was now much more deplo-
rable. The subject was referred to the Legislature,
then in session. An act passed, appointing three
Commissioners to proceed to Brothertown, and adjust
the business, with the concurrence of the Indians, in
any way they might be of opinion would be most to
their advantage. It was agreed by the Commis-
sioners, with the consent of the Indians, to set off in
one corner of the tract, about 6000 acres, and settle
the same in lots of 50 to 100 acres to each of the in-
truders, who were to pay the state for the same five
or six dollars per acre, the state to pay the interest
(seven per cent.) on the proceeds of the sale (amount-
ing to 2169 dollars a year) to three persons, to be
appointed superintendents of the affairs of the Bro-
thertown Indians
, to be laid out by them, for sup-
porting a school, and other purposes, for the benefit
of the Indians. The remainder of the land was divi-
ded into 100 and 50 acre lots, and allotted, 100 to a
family, and 50 to a young man. By an act confirm-
ing the acts of the Commissioners, five Indians were
to be annually appointed, called peace makers, who
were to act the same as justices of the peace, to hold
a court monthly, to settle differences, and issue exe-