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Beyond Penn's Treaty

The Life of Thomas Eddy; Comprising an Extensive Correspondence

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I imagine was near the centre. I suppose this great
lake to have been bounded on the east by the hill at
the falls; on the south by the uplands, giving rise to
the head waters of the Susquehannah; on the north
by the elevation of the great step from the lower
falls on Gennesee to Oswego Falls; and on the east,
by the uplands between the head waters of Mud
Creek and Genesee River. Its extent up the valley
of Mud Creek I don't pretend to conjecture, but sup-
pose its length from east to west may have been
about a hundred and twenty miles, and its breadth
in general about twenty. All the country within
these limits is a flat, surrounded by much higher
land, and its soil, and likewise its small and almost
imperceptible horizontal inclination is, I believe,
precisely similar to the muddy bottoms of the lakes
I have mentioned. But the circumstance which
seems to me most strongly to corroborate my opinion,
is the known decrease in the waters of these lakes,
and, of course, diminution in their extent, and the
time probably is approaching when they will be
entirely drained, and when the land left by the
water is covered with timber, (which would soon be
the case if left to nature,) it will present a country
similar in appearance to that on the south side of
Oneida Lake, the Cayuga marshes, &c., with creeks
meandering through it like the Seneca River, Oneida,
Cowaselon, and Wood Creeks, &c., &c.

Please favour me with your ideas on the subject,
when convenient, and send me by mail, as far as may
be in your power, answers to the following queries.

JOHN H. EDDY, No. 220 William-street. Do you know of any additional circumstances
confirming the above supposition, such as traces of
water at other places much above its present level,
and near the supposed boundary I have sketched out? Are there any traditions among the Indians,
that the country was formerly covered with water?