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Beyond Penn's Treaty

Baltimore Yearly Meeting Indian Committee Minutes

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that some of them appeared industrious and
worked steadily, but the corrupting and debasing
influence of Spiritous liquors upon them which
article they at that time continued to introduce
in large quantities into their villages was found
to be a great obstacle in the way of their
general improvement, and it was the judgment
of these friends that if means could not
be adapted to prevent their easy access to
this bane of civilization and morality, there
did not appear a very encouraging prospect
of their progressing much in improvement
they however appeared generally thankful
and expressed their obligations for the assistance
they had received

The committee also recd. a communication
from the Miami Puttowattomi Eal river & other
nations of Indians N.W. of the State of Ohio
informing that an address which we had some
time before forwared to them on the subject of
the admission of spiritous liquors into their
country had been received and interpreted to the
different Tribes when assembled in their General
council in the 9th mo 1808 and that they had on
a full consideration of the subject, unitedly
agreed to Petition the Government of the U. States