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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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shake hands as brothers, and directed his people
to rise and come to us, and shake hands by course,
himself first setting the example.

Thus this Council ended after letting
them know that we should want one more gen-
eral Council with them before we left them.

20th First day.

We had some conversation
this morning about sitting together in religious
retirement, and thought it would be right to in-
form Cornplanter

, that if he or any of his sober
people inclined to sit with us, it would be accep-
table, though the prospect of such an undertaking
felt weighty. Before we were fully concluded, the
Chief with his son Henry came into our apart-
ment and said, he hoped we would not think
hard of their not keeping the First day as the
whites do, for they could not read or right - that they
were poor, and had to work on that day, and that
they were often out hunting and had to attend to
their game. We let him know that we did
not think hard of him about this matter; and
then informed him that we intended about
10 o'clock to sit down together in stillness to wait
on the Great Spirit, and if he or any of his
sober people would come and sit with us it
would be acceptable. Near the time appoint-
ed, Cornplanter with several others came into