Header img
Beyond Penn's Treaty

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

Page out of 56

They believe in the Ressurection of the Spirit
but not of the Body & that for some Time
after Death it is common for it to Ascend & De
scend. in order therefore for its accommoda
tion, as altho perhaps from motives of De
cency & Respect, a Tomb is erected over
the Graves, sometimes formd with logs
& having a Roof of Bark -- at others it
is Constructed with Boards & the Roof of
the same- it made in this way, a small
hole, phps the size of a key hole is
cut at the Head of the Tomb both above
& below to allow Ingress & Egress to
the Departed Spirit-- This Custom con
tinues-- Already in Degree, it is taking place
when Friends first came among them they
had one common field & altho' each planted
his particular spot, there were many Idlers
who partook the labour of the more Indus
trious-- They now clear their particular
spots of land where choice induces them &
build themselves comfortable Houses.
these Improvements if they incline to leave
(as they sometimes do in order to settle else
where) are sold to such as incline to
purchase & altho' the Fee in the Soil
cannot be Conveyd Being the property of
the Nation yet Improvements so sold are considered the Property of the Purchaser