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Beyond Penn's Treaty

Joshua Sharpless diaries, Vol. 1 1798

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conference amongst themselves, they spoke to us to
the following effect.

You have heard what we said to you
yesterday, and what is still on our minds: we are very
glad you have taken such pains to come so far to
help poor Indians & we will try to fulfil all you
desire of us.

We have been trying amongst ourselves
to do as you proposed to us yesterday, & we find one
Man that is willing to learn the Black Smith Trade,
and we find one young lad, that will come out of his
own mind, to learn farming; he heard what you said
yesterday in council, and he spoke to his parents, &
tell them he wants to go & learn farming & do as you
say, and his parents are willing, & he will come di-

Now you must not think hard of us,
because we ha’nt got so many young Men as you
proposed; we have tried to get more, but most all
our people from the other end of the town are gone
outa fishing When they come home, we think we