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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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several times, one of whom called Owhistonish

(or the Silversines
he knows the value of money) was once out nine days, without a
mouthful to eat, upon this senseless errand. Now however they have some
thing else to do, as they were expressively told by a Chief of the Illinois, who
invited them all to leave their Country, and go over the Ohio: You are
growing less and less said he, and Great Eyes will grow bigger and bigge
til he gets you in a heap, and then he'll lift up his foot,
and stamp upon you, as you would upon an Ants nest. A few days ago
we indulged ourselves in a visit to the Friends about Mud Creek, who
were as glad to see us as we were to see them, the good women washing and
mending for us as if we had been their own Children. Joshua Evens has had
several meetings among them, to good satisfaction, tho' they appear to have
god into a strange land, and hung their harps upon the willows. Since
our return we have been much at a stand, one of our Company, John Pierce,
thinking himself clear of the service, and concluding to return home in
company with Joshua through Muncey. But the rest of us are disposed
to finish the business we came about, though in weakness, and expect to proceed on 2nd. day
for the Indian Settlements on the Genesea, and from there to the Corn Planters
Villages on the Alleghany, either by the way of Niagara and Buffaloe
, or more directly across the mountains. We understand he has
lately made a speech to the President requesting to have some Persons
removed who have encroached upon his Land, and some Quakers
sent out as they used to live in peace with them and thinks they could still. We pro-