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Beyond Penn's Treaty

Henry Simmons journals, Vol. 2 1799

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After a while I was called in, and went
with great willingness, tho in much fear,
Cornplanter informed me they had been
counciling, on the subject, which I had
mentioned the evening before, and
had concluded, (although they did not
all see alike) to quit such Dancing
Frolicks, for some of them thought it must
be wicked, because they had learned it
of white people, as well as that of
drinking Rum or Wiskey & getting
Drunk, which they knew was Evil, for
there is no kind of Dance, Original-
ly amongst Indians; but they had
a Hussleing kind of play and dance too twice a year of their own
production Originally, which
they thought to continue in the
practice off. They asked me
several questions. 1st Whether
I thought it was right for Indians
& White people to mix in marry-