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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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friends the Quakers have for them, and
that we had been made willing to leave our
beloved families and comfortable dwellings,
and expose our selves to the hardships and dif-
ficulties of a tedious journey, with no other views
than for their improvement.

We first read, by paragraphs, the epistle
from the Committee

, and then General Wilkinson's
letter, which were interpreted with some difficulty.

We desired them when they took our
proposals into consideration, they would guard
against discouragements that might present in
looking forward towards a change in their man-
ner of being. We did not doubt there might be
difficulties in the way, and their progress might
be slow, yet there are accounts of white people be-
yond the great waters, in another island, who many
years ago, lived much like they do now, but by in-
dustry and care have become good farmers, and me-
chanics of all kinds: and from whom those fine leg-
gings, and other clothing they had on, were procured.

We then let them know that we had a boat
coming up the Alleghany river, with various
kinds of goods - plough-irons, hoes, axes, spades
and shovels; with carpenters' masons, and
coopers tools, which we intended never to take
away. While our young men stay, they should
be placed under their care to lend out to them