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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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better, To which Cornplanter

returned answer
in substance as follows. Brothers, I told you our
land is before you, you may choose any place you
like best, and expressed their full approbation
of our choice. Then said this man, (meaning one of
the Chiefs who was with us) lives in this town, and
he is most like yourselves, a sober man and drinks
no whisky: he is very glad your young men are
going to live so near him. We next proposed
that our young men should have liberty to cut
trees out of their wood, to build a house, make rails,
and for firewood &c to which he replied O, yes!
I wish you would cut all the trees down, and an
other thing you may have, brothers, if you see
a deer swimming across the river, or running in
the woods you may shoot him, or if you see any
fish in the river you may catch him.

About 5 o'clock we left the old village and returned
with Cornplanter

to our lodgings at his house.


This morning took up the consideration
of what further propositions, might with pro-
priety be made to these people, in order for their
additional encouragement in civilization and
agriculture, and being favored to write with what
seemed expedient they were committed to writing,
in readiness for our next council, in the min-
utes of which they will appear.