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Beyond Penn's Treaty

Joshua Sharpless diaries, Vol. 1 1798

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onate leave of our friends, & set out, with our pilot
John aforesaid, mounted on Henry Simmons’s mare
travelled steadily from this time till about sunset
stoping but once; about half an hour, whilst our
horses fed, on some corn we had with us, most of this day
ride was through a mixture of apparently fertile
bottoms, & rugged unarable hills, the bushes were very
thick, & hung loaded with water in every direction over
our path, to that degree, that we frequently lost sight of
our pilot, when not more than a perch or two before us;
which together with an almost continual winding
round large fallen trees, or jumping over smaller ones
made our travel both tedious & disagreeable; about
noon we had a remarkably heavy rain, which lasted
for more than an hour, & added to our doubts of the
practicability of foarding Catarawgus river which
the Indians had before expressed some fears of, on
account of the preceding rains; In the evening we
arrived at this River, having ridden about 35 miles,
Our Indian guide soon made us understand by signs
(as he could not speak english) that the water would run
over our horses backs, and from its violent rapidity sweep
us all down the river: we therefore concluded to encamp,