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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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We trust that we have your confidence, unmixed with any jealousies, or fears,
and we request you to listen patiently, and attentively, to what we are going to
propose to you, for your own good, yet if any part of it displeases you, tell us so &
we will reconsider it

Three of our Friends intend to say with you for these purposes, namely
Enoch Walker

, Jacob Taylor, & Henry Simmons, but they are not bound
to remain by anything but good will, neither are they obliged to work
more than they think necessary, nor to be altogether among you, as they
are to go sometimes to Stockbridge. Tuscarora, and Brotherson. We earnest
ly desire that none of you may discourage them, by swearing idleness or
misbehaviour, for these things are very disagreeable to us, as you know they
are to the Good Spirit

You know we must have some Land to work upon, and we should like
to begin upon that part of the Common, which lies West of the path
from Shannandoas to Stockbridge

, South of the road to Onandago, East
of the boundaries of the old Fort, and North of Shenandoah Creek,
excepting any part thereof now occupied by your Families.

If we think there is encouragement to undertake more another Year
we shall ask you for it reasonably & agree together were it shall be