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Beyond Penn's Treaty

Joshua Sharpless diaries, Vol. 1 1798

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whence the prospect of setting out on a long Journey
through a Wilderness country looks trying.

3rd day 5th

This morning looks favourable with
regard to weather, we early got our baggage & in
readiness, that no detention might take place
after the arrival of our Indian company & it
was now unitedly adjudged most oeconomical to
the institution, that one of our young Mens horses
should be taken home or sold on the way, and the
Mare ridden by Henry Simmons was pitched
upon for that purpose; one of our young Men
being now at plough with the other two, find they
are likely to answer their purpose well, we
therefore who are now on the point of returning
homewards conclude to take the charge of this creature.

This proved a tedious day, it is now near sun
set, and we have been in waiting since early in the
morning, still expecting our Indian company,
from whom we have yet heard nothing to day.
that we find patience necessary.

4th day 6th

This day about three in the afternoon
Cornplanter, his Son Henry & two other Indians
came to our quarters. and Cornplanter inform’d