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Beyond Penn's Treaty

A Mission to the Indians from the Indian Committee of Baltimore Yearly Meeting to Fort Wayne, in 1804

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this land was owned by Washington

at the time
of his death.

This day's journey has been very disagreeable
and cold, owing to a continued fall of snow.
We greatly regretted that the clouds prevented
a view of the Redstone

settlements from the top
of Laurel Hill, this being that part of the Alle­
ghany Mountains from which a descent is made
into the country below. From this commanding
eminence the prospect, we are told, is beautiful
beyond description.

Our disappointment, however, was in some
measure recompensed by finding ourselves, when
upon the top of this hill, not only above the
clouds, but also so elevated in a cloud as to find
the particles of snow resembling fog; a proof
that large spits of snow, as they are called, ac­
quire their size by an accumulation of particles
on their way from the clouds to the earth. I may
here mention, that the difficulties and fatigues
of our journey thus far have been rendered light
by the agreeable company of my brother-in-law,
Thomas Moore

, and our esteemed friend, Israel
, the former joining us at Brookeville,
and the latter in the Shenandoah Valley. They
are complying with an appointment by our late
Yearly Meeting, in a visit to a Quarterly Meet­
ing at

From the 1st to the 8th of the month, we
rested at Redstone

, a rest useful to our horses
as well as to ourselves. In the course of this