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James Cooper documented his 62-day journey through Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York in his journal titled “Journal of a Visit to the Seneca Indians, 1796”. Cooper and his fellow Friends John Peirce, Joseph Sansom, Isaiah Rowland, Enoch Walker, and Henry Simmons left on May 30, 1797 for the Oneida reservation. Their goal was to meet with various Native American groups and establish agricultural programs. After passing through New Jersey and up the Hudson River to Schenectady, they followed the Mohawk River to the Stockbridge, Brothertown, Tuscarora and Oneida Villages. After meeting with the members of the various groups at the Oneida reservation, the party made their way further west to the Onondagas and Cayuga settlements. Their journey home took them through central New York and Pennsylvania through Bath and Painted Post, New York as well as Muncy, Catawissa, and Reading Pennsylvania. Cooper arrived home in Woodbury, New Jersey, on July 30, 1796.
Continue reading Swarthmore College, Friends Historical Library: James Cooper, Journal of a Visit to the Seneca Indians, 1794