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Beyond Penn's Treaty

Account of I. Coates, J. Sharpless, & J. Pierce, visits to Indian Reservation, NY

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12 feet high, having received seed from the
neighboring trees, which sprouted and took
root, have large trees of two or three feet
over growing on them, Three or four such
trees we have seen growing on one rock, with
their roots spread down its sides ten or more
feet, untill they enter the ground and have
grown firm therein, so that the sides of the
rocks were bound with them, like so many
large ropes or cables. I think we saw no improvement for 20
miles. We arrived at Broken Straw Creek in the
evening, where we found plenty of pasture for our
horses, and a cabin the owner of which kindly let us
have quarters, After partaking of our own provi-
sion, we lay on the floor to take rest, but the night
being cold and the cabin open, we often had to use
and renew our fire.


Rode seven miles down the east side
of Broken Straw to the Alleghany river. The bottoms
on the creek were rich and beautifully coated with a
luxurient vegetation.

We passed several sugar camps, where the Indi
ans come in the season to make the maple sugar
though more than twenty miles from their village.

But having plenty of good canoes they convey with
facility their kettles and implements for making
sugar, down the river and up this creek to the
camps. About noon we arrived at Conewango