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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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he said he intended to ask Capt. Chapin

his good and honest man Morris was now.

We were at length easy to observe to them
in general terms, that it was not the advise
of their brothers the Quakers, to sell their land,
for we would rather they would rather they would
keep it and learn to work it themselves, but
as it was now sold, and we thought they
could not get it back again, we were of
the mind they had better take their money
which we apprehended was, or would be, made
secure for them, and endeavor to be as con-
tented as they could about it.

This evening Cornplanter

presented us
with a quantity of seed corn of diferent kinds
suitable to the climate, some seed potatoes,
a large proportion of beans of divers kinds, & a
variety of useful garden seeds, such as pumpkin,
cucumber, watermelon, &c. These he informed
us were a collection brought in by his people
and given to us as a blessing to begin with,
we acknowledge their kindness and would have
taken only a part, there being much more of
each kind, excepting potatoes, than we should
stand in need of for seed, but they insisted we
should take the whole, for they were sent in for
that purpose: which we then did; thinking the
hearty good will with which they were presented,