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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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We were this day as well as at some other times
pretty closely interrogated about Robert Morris

of Philadelphia. Cornplanter and other Indians
here having heard that he was in jail,
appeared to be somewhat alarmed lest they should loose
their money, as well as land, which we under
stand they parted with, with some reluctance.

They had likewise heard that the land was
not purchased for Morris

as they expected, but for
some others whom they called the Holland people.

With these things they appeared much dis-
turbed, as apprehending they are altogether deceived
and cheated, and even go so far as to declare if
they cannot have justice done there, they will not
receive their money.

We felt cautious of giving a sen-
timent, on this business, not being fully ac-
quainted with it, and would have put it off
by referring them to Captain Chapin

, as much
better acquainted with it than we were, and to
whom Cornplanter and his son expected shortly
to go, on this or some other concern; but with
this reference Cornplanter did not appear fully
satisfied, remarking that Captain C. had
told him that Morris was a very good and
honest man, and yet he was got into jail,
now he could not understand how a good
and honest man could get into jail, however