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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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as they wanted, and when done with, were
to be returned. They were exorted to stillness
and quietude and an attention to the Good Spirit
in their own hearts.

Upon letting them know we had nothing
more to say amongst them at this time, they in-
formed us they would take our proposals into
consideration, and give us an answer tomorrow.

We may close our observations on this council
by an humble acknowledgement that notwith-
standing we find some things tryingly gloomy,
and discouraging, yet we have had at this
time, renewed cause to believe, that the concern
in which we are engaged, is owned by Him
whose regard is toward all the workmanship
of his hands.

19th. 7 day.

Part of this day some of our company
were employed in baking bread, and other domestic
preparations, as we are now wholly on our own cooks
&c. living on the provisions which we brought on
our horses from Pittsburgh

and Franklin, and
which we have sometimes looked upon, with some
serious thoughtfulness, as appearing a scanty al-
lowance for the time set for the arrival of our
boat, and the more especially as Cornplanter
early informed us that they were scarce of corn,
occasioned by an uncommon freshet sometime
after the corn was planted, and by an early frost