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Beyond Penn's Treaty

Journal of Joel Swayne

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8 Mo 4

78) Received letters from my
connections in New Garden

informing of
a Prospect of a visit this summer of some
of the Committee on Indian affairs, also
that a young many by occupation a Black
smith had given up to come and spend
some time in this settlement which
was very satisfactory news to me,

8 mo 17

This being the time agreed on
by some of the Indians to have the Govern
nors letter explained to them, two of us
went to Gineshadago

for that purpose
where we found the most of the chiefs
and a number of others collected for
also an Ancient man who was
a very great Speaker belonging to the
Onondago Nation, and held in much
esteem by the Senecas, he having re-
ceived some previous information of
the contents of the Governors letter
Cornplanter having opened it and had
some parts of it explained before it
came to our and seemed somewhat
disaffected towards the Governor, and intimated
to some of his people that the letter should be burned
before the letters were read the Onondaga Chief
spoke a considerable time requesting them
to pay attention to the Governors advice said
he thought none of the letters should be destroyed