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Beyond Penn's Treaty

Joshua Sharpless diaries, Vol. 1 1798

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seeing they had got no horses & Oxen, & were so poor that
they had no money to buy them with.

We let them know, we did not expect great things
to be done all at once, but that we wanted them to make
a beginning: that we had seen two horses running about
their town & that they were enough to draw one plough
and that we knew they had money coming in to them yearly
from the whole people, with which they might buy
more, & perhaps some oxen, & so come in by degrees, as
they were able, & that our young Men had horses, with
which they would sometimes assist them. With this
answer they appeared to be satisfied, tho’ it was pretty
evident it was not what this question was artfully
calculated to draw from us.

About 6 in the evening the Indians again
met us in public council in order to give us an answer
to our proposals of yesterday, and after being a short time
seated, Cornplanter & his son Henry stood up & addressed
us to the following effect.

Brothers the Quakers,
Listen now to what I am going to
say to you.

you know, Brothers, the red people are poor