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Beyond Penn's Treaty

A Series of letters written on a Journey to the Oneida, Onondago, and Cayuga Tribes of the Five Nations

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in revenge for the cruel treatment of the Friends
to the former Government at this place, and the rash
conduct of the Townspeople in living upon the Ships
as they lay at anchor. From this place we rode several
miles through a deep sand, like that of Jersey covered
with pines, saw a beautiful waterfall upon our
left; and crossed a small creek in a Scow, for the first
time since we left the Delaware

. We did not
reach Katskill the place of our destination for the night
till dusk, and could not then get over the Creek
to the town, because the Boat was aground on the other
side. In this dilemma the Owner of an adjoining House,
by name Jacob Bigordeiss, offered us the best accommo-
dations his house could afford; which we gladly accepted.
He freely expressed his good will when we
told him what was our business; and in the morning
took us out to see a place, near the Creek, where
the side of a hill had gradually sunk down a few
days before between 40 and 50 feet. About an acre
of it has descended perpendicularly; and as much more
of the lower part had bulged up, and cracked aston-
ishingly, apparently by the vent of the air confined