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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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and may our young Friends be encouraged
and strengthened to keep up such religious
opportunities when we are far separated. -
Which I trust they will. [says J.S.


Soon after the close of our sitting and
whilst preparing what little provisions we had
left, for our dinner, an Indian man came
into our cabin, and presented us with about
four pounds of fresh venison without any bone
in it. for which we offered him a quarter
of a dollar, which he showed some reluctance
at taking, but as he could speak no English
we were altogether at a loss to know whether
it proceeded from what we had offered him
being too little or from an intention of giving
us the meat, we however prevailed upon him to
receive the money. We aftoward made him
understand we wanted to go down in a canoe
to Cornplanters village

, where we had ap-
pointed to have a Council tomorrow: he made
signs that he would go with us, when the sun
got to such a place, pointing with his hand.

He then left us, and we immediately pro-
ceeded to fry some of the venison.

We sat down to our dinner with thank-
ful hearts for so unexpected a supply, which
was very acceptable, as we had not so much
of our own left as would make a meal for one