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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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turned toward taking Canandaigua

and Oneida
in our way home: and upon inquiring were
informed that we could not get to Canandaigua
from this place without going through Buffalo
which makes the proposal of the Chief for us to ac-
company them feel pleasant.

It now remained to fix on a time for
setting out, but to this end the want of our goods
seemed in the way, as we had heard nothing of
them since we left Pittsburg

; a full result was
therefore deferred.

29th 3 day.

Most of this day and part of
the preceeding was employed in digesting our min-
utes, writing letters and so forth, one of which
was to Thomas Wister

showing the present state
of our business at this place, and another to
General Wilkinson containing a brief narrative of
our proceedings since our arrival here.

In a private conference with Cornplanter

two or three others we obtained the following in-
formation; that the Indians in this reservation
consist of between 3 & 4 hundred individuals: they
have 3 horses, 14 horned cattle, 1 yoke of oxen, and 12 hogs,
all private property. They have two solemnities
in the year in form of public worship or Thanks-
giving to the Great Spirit for his blessings, one in the Spring,
and the other about the time of their corn ripening

30th 4th day.

The fore part of this day