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Beyond Penn's Treaty

Diary, Visit to Indians

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10th Month 31st 1794:

Four of the Sachems viz Clear Sky

, Red Jacket,
Sagnaresy and another (whose name we were not acquainted with) being a
deputation from the general Counsil for Indians who for several Days past
have been deliberating on the proposals made to them by Col: Pickering, waited
on us at our Lodgings with Horatio Jones Interpreter, they desired that as they
had something of a secret nature to communicate we would retire with them
to some private place, which being complyed with, Red Jacket addressed us
nearly as follows.

Brothers, you see here four of us of the six Nations

, who are assembled at this
place in the will of the great Spirit to transact the Business of the Treaty, you
have been waiting here a long time & visited by our Chiefs & as yet no marks of res
pect have been shown you. We understand you told Sagnaresy that you should
not have come but at our request & that you stood ready to afford us any assistance
which lay in your power. Brothers we hope you will make you minds easy,
as we who are now here are but Children, the Antients being deceased; we know
that your & our forefathers transacted business together, that you look to the great Spirit
for his direction & assistance, & take no part in war. Brothers you all know the
proposals made by us to Col: Pickering as well as the offers made by him to us, we are
now all in the presence of the great Spirit & we place more confidence in you than
heretofore, as you expressed you desire for peace we now desire your help & assistance,
we hope you will not deceive us, if you should do so, we shall no more place any con
fidence in Mankind; we wish that if you know the will of Congress or the extent
of the Commissioner's powers that you will candidly inform us. Brothers, we
wish that what we are now communicating may be kept secret; we are willing to
give up the four Mile path from Johnson's Landing place to Caynga Creek, the
other part of it from thence to Buffaloe Creek we wish to reserve on account of the
Fisheries &c, which would correspond with the Treaty held with Sir Wm. Johnson.

We desire to know if you can inform us why the Triangles on Lake Erie

cannot be given
up. Cornplanter & Captain Brant who were only Warrior Chiefs were the persons
who attended the Treaty at Fort Stanwix, & they were to have sent forward the proposals
for our more general consideration, at that time Old Sonoke was alive who was a
Man of great Understanding; but they were threatned into a compliance in con
sequence of which Capt. Brant went of to Canada, desiring Cornplanter to
do the best he could. They then presented seven strings of wampum &
withdrew, & agreed to return to hear our answer at the 3rd hour this afternoon