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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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our apartment. He sat very still with apparent
solidity until the opportunity closed: the others
sat quiet a while and then withdrew. Our door being
opened, the Indians as they passed looked at us,
but showed no lightness.


Rose early this morning to bake some
bread that we might be in readiness by 7 o'clock to go up
the river about ten miles with some of the Chiefs
to see where is would be most suitable to settle
and make a beginning amongst them.

We found it trying, rightly to judge what
was best to do on the occasion.


, the town where we now are being
the place of Cornplanter's residence, is in the middle
of a good spot of land in Pennsylvania, on the
west side of the Alleghany river, 4 or 5 miles
south of the New York line.

The tract is his private property, as be-
fore mentioned, and most of the Indians under his
superintendency live on and near it, among whom
are children enough suitable to make up a large school.
These considerations, with the richness of the
land made it desirable to settle here. But the
land was Cornplanters

, and if we made im-
provements on the Indians clearings they would
belong to Cornplanter and not to the Nation
when we left them," All this being considered
we concluded it would be best to look else-