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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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wago Creek, that runs into Oneida lake. As we
decended a long hill to this place, we killed a
rattlesnake about four feet long it lay still in
the road, neither offered to attack nor run.

About 11 miles from Oneida village

, we
passed a well improved farm with a good
house, barn, and other buildings, and a
large proportion of good timothy meadow,
belonging to and in the possession of an
Indian. He keeps tavern, has his sign
hanging out as common at public houses.

About six in the evening we arrived at
our Friend's settlement; found them all well and
very glad to see us. William Gregory

and wife, and
Hannah Jackson, having got there three weeks a-
go, after a passage of 15 days [from Philadelphia];
William's chief view in coming was to set up
the Smith's trade, and instruct some of the Indians
in that art: Hannah Jackson was to open a
school, and besides literature, was to instruct the
girls in knitting, sewing &c.

Neither of them have yet opened their occu-
pations, in part occasioned by some unsettlement
or uneasiness in the Indians minds, in re-
gard to the sale of some of their land, and the run-
ning of their lines, cominissionirs having been
engaged in the business since the arrival of our