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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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to settle and make a beginning we must look a
little about the country, and go to their upper town,
and we desired some of their Chiefs might go
along with us, and help to agree on some suitable
place, where our friends could be of most use to their
people in general, to which they readily agreed.

He next informed that we had a num-
ber of farming and other utensils, coming up in
a boat which were intended for their use, and
would be left with with them and never be
taken away again, but that we thought it best
and most for their good, to leave them par-
ticularly under our friends care, and not to give
them away at present, but only to lead them
that they might have the use of them: for they
knew that some of their young men were not so
good as they ought to be; and if these things
were divided amongst them, some might
pawn them away for whisky, and then they
would be as bad off as they were before they got them.

At this observation some of the old men
and Chiefs appeared to express their approbation;
whilst some of their young men manifested
their sensibility of its truthfulness, by a
shamefaced good humored laugh.

After which Cornplanter expressed,
a few words indicating his satisfaction with
what had been said, and that we would now