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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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where. The Nation

owns forty-two square miles on
this river, beginning at the Pennsylvania line.

The lines of the reservation had not yet been
run, but we found that the Indians had a choice that
it should lie on the river, half a mile wide on
each side. About nine miles from hence
up the river, latterly stood a town, called

, the inhabitants of which a
few years since, mostly removed here. About ten
miles further up the river we understood a
settlement had lately been made. From the
best information we could get we thought some-
where near the Old Town would be the most suit-
able place to fix on, it being [about] half way
between the upper settlement and the lower

With considerable exertion we got Cornplanter

his son and three other Indians, to embark with
us five in a canoe, about nine o'clock. They put
us up the river with setting poles at the rate of three
miles an hour, In places the river was shallow
and rapid, in others from two to six feet deep,
in six miles we came to Cornplanter's saw-mill,
and stopped, at his request, to view it.

The stream on which it is built, is now so
low that the mill could do very little work:
and when the river is high the back water
prevents it from sawing. At the Old Town