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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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in the fall; but our anxiety on this account is
now much removed, by Cornplanter

informing us
that he had several barrels of flour which he brought
from Pittsburgh, and that when we were out of
flour he would supply us. We agreed with his
sister for 2 qts of milk per day at 8 cts per qt. we
would like to have had 3 qts but 2 was all she
could spare.

The Indians being most of this
day steadily in private council concerning
the business we had laid before them, several
times sent their deputies to us for explana-
tions. One question was, how they should draw
their ploughs seeing they had no oxen, and were
so poor they had no money to buy them with.

We replied we had seen two horses running
about their town, and they were sufficient to
draw one plough, and if they would save some
of the money which they received, each year,
from the white people, they could buy a pair
of oxen, and they could drawn another; and our young
men would assist them with their horses some-
times, and these would do to make a beginning.

We told them we did not expect great things
to be done all at once, but we wanted them to
make a start, and come on by degrees as they were able.

With this answer they appeared pretty
well satisfied, though we thought it was not such