will to men, which our holy
cates, there was not something for us, as a
Society, to do for them; towards their promoting their
religious instruction, and knowledge of agricul-
ture, and useful mechanic arts.
A solemnity prevailing, the sentiments of
many were expressed, evidencing a near sym-
pathy with them. The meeting therefore united
in recommending to our Quarterly and Monthly
Meetings, to open subscriptions amongst our
members for their relief; and appointed a com-
concern, as they might be enabled to render.
the subject of their appointment, concluded, as
the most effectual way of obtaining correct in-
formation of the situation and disposition of the
Indians, to appoint a deputation from amongst
themselves, to visit the Shawnees
the river Ohio, as they might find practicable.
The friends who were nominated to this service,
having first obtained the approbation of Govern-
ment, proceeded in the summer of 1796, as far
as the forks of the Muskingum river, at which
place, they had been informed that a consider-
able number of Indians were collected; but