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Beyond Penn's Treaty

Joshua Sharpless diaries, Vol. 1 1798

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To the Cornplanter, & the Village Chiefs of the Seneca

Friends and Brothers,
The Bearer, one of our beloved Men, from among
the people called Quakers, visits you with several
good Men from the same Society, who intend to sit
down amongst you, in order to instruct our red
Brethren in works of usefulness & to point out to them
the path of virtue, which leads to the blissful man-
sions of the great Spirit, the father of Light & life

I charge you to take this our beloved man
& his companions by the hand, & to treat the with
kindness & sincerity Open your ears & listen to
what they say; open your eyes & follow their footsteps
then will your old Men, your wives, your children
& chldrens children live in security & enjoy the com-
forts of life, & the red people & the white people on this
great Island will soon become as one.

Brethren & Children
Let this admonition sink deep into