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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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three miles further up there yet remain three or
four families. About 150 acres of flat land have
been mostly cleared and worked with corn, part
of which is again grown up with hazel &c, and
part with grass that in a few weeks would do
to mow. Some of the richest spots are put in
with corn this spring. It lies on the northwest
side of the river: the flat is about forty perches
wide, and then commences timberland, mostly
white pine, suitable for building or rail timber.
That within sixty perches of the flat we thought
pretty good. It lies very well to the sun, and is
clear of stones. Upon viewing it, and its local sit-
uation, we were united in believing, that somewhere
near this place would be the best to make our
settlement, and fixed on a spot near the old vil-
lage, which is in New York State

about 4 miles
above the Pennsylvania line.

After we had come to this conclusion amongst
ourselves, we informed Cornplanter

and those with
him, that we thought across the upper end of the
cleared flat from the river back taking in a
part of the wood land would be suitable for
our purpose, and desiring that is they liked it,
they would tell us so, and if they did not like
the place we proposed, we hoped they would be plain
with us, and let us know, and we would look further,
and wished them to propose a place they should like