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Beyond Penn's Treaty

Journal, Visit to Indians in New York State, v.2

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is prepared and cooked and a feast and dance
in a religious way is instituted by the
partees engaged which continues for a
day or more.

Formerly when a stranger or distant friend
entered an indian habitation it was common
to set before them such provision as they
had cooked in the house which the guest
partook of without ceremony except that
of thanks, but friends
have rather advised them not
to give their provision indiscriminately to
wondering or idle persons
but only to
strangers pariicularly Friends they have
old or infirm least it should encourage
indolence and be a sound of oppressi
on on to the industirious and frugal- in this
respect therefore thine is some change -
when a Seneca

Indian leaves his friend
he tells him he is done, which amounts
to farewell - but if any circumstance
takes place which has given umbrage
he withdraws and says nothing -this is
clear evidence that he is offended-

Notwithstanding stealing in considered
a great crime, it not unfrequently takes
place -when the person committing a
theft is discovered complaint is made to the
chiefs who dispatch a runner command