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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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propositions which had this morning been
mutually agreed upon and signed by all our
number, viz.

Brothers of the Oneida Nation

You have
now heard in the letter which has been read
to you, that our friend William Gregory

come amongst you in order to assist and in-
struct some of your young men in the use-
ful trade of a smith. He wants no pay
from you, or from government for his trouble; but
wishes you to provide a shop, and some coal for
the purpose. (Captain Chapin having offered
to find iron as usual,) and that two of your
young men, who want to learn the trade, should
steadily attend at the shop, to do such smith
work as you may want done, and he will at-
tend with them and assist them, and show them
how to do it; and in order to encourage these
young men to stick steadily to the work, so as
to do all the smithing you want done, and to
learn the trade well, before our friend wants
to go back again to his own people, we think
you might allow them such part of the money
as government use to give your blacksmith
as will enable them to buy themselves vic-
tuals and clothes, while they are learning the
trade and doing your work.