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Beyond Penn's Treaty

Journal, Visit to Indians in New York State, v.1

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down several Birds calld Cross Bills in
presence of our Company- As we went up
the Allegany

we saw a number of Allega
tors lying at the bottom of the River, two
of which James Pinebrush struck with his
setting Pole & bro. them to the top of the
water for us to look at, but said they were
too ugly to put into the Canoe- they were
about 15 Inches in length had 2 feet &
at first view bore some semblance to a
Dirty Mud Catfish- they are rather stupid
& inactive. the Indians Corn & other Truck
look pretty well but tis said not quite so
good as usual & more weedy owing to the
Coldness & Wetness of the season- they use
the Hoe principally in preparing for & tend
ing their Crops. it is said they have im
provd in Cleanliness in their Habitations
but they are still Dirty- as also in their
Persons. Beside the Reservations of Land mentiond
in the foregoing notes. Cornplanter & some
other of the Chiefs have several Grants