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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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will do so much a day, and give it into the hands
of their chiefs to be divided amongst the people,
adding, that if he worked for the Indians
in general, it would be too hard for him, for
they would be always plaguing him.

So this we replied,

That the design
of our friend in coming here was to instruct
their young men, and show them how to
do their work, and not to do it all him
self: and though we did not wish them
to force their young men: yet if they could
not be prevailed upon to come forward in
the way proposed, our friend's prospect would
not be answered, and he would therefore
be likely to make but a short stay with
them: but as to the manner of working,
our friend would leave that to the chiefs

Their speaker then proceeded as

Brothers, We are very glad to hear
again the same words which you said to
us two years ago, and we are now of the same
mind we were then: we remember your
words and we believe you are a true people.
We have heard our fathers tell, that the
Quakers were always friends of the Indians: