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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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determined to avoid, and Joshua Evens

rouzed us two or three ti
o'clock, and finally started in by half after one, the m
bright a little past the full. Leaving Ab
here, and taking our Landlord for a Guide. We rode
day break, along the banks of the Tioga, through thick woods almost
impervious to moonshine, silent and slow, every one keeping
his eye upon the next before, and now and then catching a glimpse
of Joshua Evens's white coat and horse. Here and there the wood
opened enough to show the water glistening with moon beams, and
ever and anon the path way crossed the river to avoid the sidelong
hills. Stopped to feed about sunrise amidst fog and Gnats and
gladly turned our backs upon them to encounter the Mountain which continues risig more
or less at intervals for 10 or 15 miles the road stony,
rooty, swampy, and winding to the right and left round fallen
trees and quagmires. Passed the terrific house before noon,
and in an hour or two descended the mountain, which is
here so steep that two miles brings you to the bottom, where
there is another feeding place, 12 miles from the house we
put up at for the night, after crossing a branch of Lyconery
two and thirty times. Next morning reach a Friends House in
the Settlement of Muncey, where we seemed at home as soon as we
sat down, but thought best to proceed for another near the meeting
house in the afternoon. The Improvements here had been destroyed