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Beyond Penn's Treaty

Journal, Visit to Indians in New York State, v.3

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baked a little in the Ashes--the Cakes I
tasted with some reluctance but was afraid
of giving offence if I did not--& the kind made
of the New Corn I should have thought re
ally good had some of my White Friends been
the Cooks--the other Cakes tasted of the
smoke with which their old Corn is ge
nerally seasoned. The Pidgeons were taken
in the Fingers & eaten with little ceremony
& the soup was obtaind by the aid of an Old
black Wooden Ladle which each person inclining
to partake took hold of and supd till he was satis
fied & then left it in the Dish for his successor
& so it went round to many of the Company
who pronounced it very good--I however felt
satisfied to take their Word for it & therefore it
will not be safe to contradict them.
On Our Way home stopd at the Muncy

but they had nothing material to say to us--they
appear more Dirty & Idolent than the Seneca In
dians & are considered by them as their Inferiors
yet they permit them to live on their Land on suf
ferance as they the Munceys have no Land of their own,
& this may in part account for their degraded
state--they have little stimilus to exert them
selves in Improving Lands while only Tenants
at Will of the Senecas, who do not respect