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Beyond Penn's Treaty

Joshua Sharpless diaries, Vol. 1 1798

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Men fence off theirs; and our young Men will be
willing to instruct & assist them a little about
working their Lots. Now Brothers, we think
our young friends will not be able to raise any
more, this year on their lot, than what they
will want to live upon; but we are in hopes
another year they will have a little to spare, &
we are willing they should give to your old people
that cant work for themselves, one bushel out
of four of all the grain & c. that they have to
spare; the rest they must have to buy salt and
other things with which they cant raise off
of the Ground.

In order to encourage you still more to
take up work, & to follow those ways, which we pointed
out to you we will agree to help you a little more.

We will send you a Smith’s tools, when our
young Men shall write us word, you stand in need
of them.

If you are industrious this summer
& raise a good deal of Corn, & some wheat, we will