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Beyond Penn's Treaty

Joshua Sharpless diaries, Vol. 1 1798

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solid, & particularly the women, but much the greater
number manifested no sense of conviction, or read
seriousness. They then proposed retiring into a
private council, in order to consult of an answer, w’ch
they accordingly did, & in about an hour return’d &
being seated Cornplanter made a speech, in sub-
stance as follows.

We now hear all what you would wish
to do among us; you are come here to see us bro-
thers You wish us well: you wish us to become as
the white people: The white people are rich & got
every thing; the Indians are poor & have nothing.

One thing you told us, It would be good
for us to build a Mill, we must find 400 Dollars, &
you will find 400 Dollars.

We cant say but few words, at this time,
about the Mill, we will consult Capt Chapin, if
he thinks we will receive our Money & will be able
to raise so much as you propose then we will do it.