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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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we left Pittsburgh

of which this could be

Joshua Sharpless

says, I have often
admired since we came on this river, (the
Mohawk.) to see such large heaps of ashes
remaining untouched, where potashes
have been made. It seems to convey
that the people have no idea, that the
land would be benefited by spreading
them over it, or otherwise that they are
too lazy to do it. Some men were hoe-
ing very poor corn in a field where, I
had no doubt there were 300 or 400 loads
of ashes in a heap. I called aloud to them
to know why they did not spread that heap of ashes
over the field, and so have good corn, and not be
hoeing such poor stuff. They stood like men
amazed;- made no reply;- and we passed on.

A few miles further we saw large potash
works works close on the river, so that when
the ashes were thrown out of the tubs, they
went into the water and were driven off
with freshets, Our Travellers kept moving
on through Oldridges in the German flats

to Conoley's Tavern, 45 miles where they lodged;
had good accommodations for themselves, but
rather poor for their horses, pasture being light.


A ride of 31 1/2 miles took them to the