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Title Some account of a visit paid to the Friends at Junesassa, and the Indians living on Allegany and Cataraugus Rivers agreeably to an appointment of the Committee on Indian affairs in the 8th month, 1806: typescript, 1929 Jan. 9
Author Jackson, Halliday (1771-1835)
Document Type Travel Journal; Manuscript
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Account by Halliday Jackson of a trip he made with three other Quakers between Sept. 1 and Oct. 4, 1806, to the Seneca Indian settlements at Junesassa and Cattaraugus in western New York State near the Allegany and Cattaraugus Rivers. Appointed by the Committee on Indian Affairs of the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting to make the trip, Jackson, acompanied by John Philips, Isaac Bonsall, and Nicholas Waln, Jr., begin their journey on Sept. 1, 1806, and travel northwest through Pennsylvania via Maidencreek, Catawissa, Muncy, Williamsport, and Pine Creek. From Little Valley (N.Y.), they travel down the Allegany River, stopping to visit with old friends and to inspect the Indian settlements, farms, mills, and fields which the Quakers have helped them establish, including the one at Genesinguhta. At the General Counsel, speeches from the Philadelphia Quakers and from Jackson’s group are read, and the Indians are urged to give up all liquor, and to cultivate their fields with the tools given to them by the Quakers. Various Senecas make speeches as well, including Cornplanter, and Johnson Silverheels; and, in some cases, express their complaints. Jackson’s group travels on to the Seneca settlements in Cattaraugus, and also sends a fellow Quaker, Jacob Taylor, with a written message for the neighboring Munsee Indians. Jackson and Philips return via Buffalo, Genesee, Batavia, Muncy, Harrisburg, and Lancaster, arriving in Philadelphia on Oct. 4, after 34 days and 820 miles of travel.
Names Philips, John (1753-1846); Waln, Nicholas (1742-1813); Bonsall, Isaac; Cornplanter (c.1732-1836)
Places Allegany River, Little Valley, Cattaraugus River, Buffalo, Genesee, Batavia, Muncy, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Maidencreek, Catawissa, Williamsport, Pine Creek, Philadelphia, New York, Pennsylvania, United States
Keywords personal account, Quaker, missionary, travel, travelogue, farming, liquor, alcohol, speech, council, settlement
Theme Missionaries and Education
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Northeast
Additional Information Typescript copy of Jan. 9, 1929, with ms. corrections and additions, transcribed from the 1806 ms. original in the collection of the Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference Ayer MS 444
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue