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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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and beautiful, being situated on Paint Creek;
the soil, the same in appearance as that de-
scribed yesterday, nothing seeming to indicate
its superior richness, unless it be the size of its
timber. The heaviest and most towering trees
we have seen, we met with to-day. Our progress
was impeded by our curiosity to take the girth
of many trees; we measured white oaks
which were from seven to eight feet in diameter;
walnuts, six to seven feet four inches; elms, six
to six feet eight inches; ash, five feet, and
honey locusts four feet in diameter; the girths
taken eight feet above the surface of the earth.
These trees carried their thickness to an amazing

We also measured a few sycamore trees, and
most of them were from eight to ten feet in
diameter; one of the sycamores we measured
which was eight feet in diameter, continued its
thickness forty-five feet without a limb, its top
very branching and large. While we were admir-
ing it, Philip Dennis

* suggested an opinion
that this tree, could it be split into cord-wood
after the common manner, would measure forty
cords. At first we questioned the statement,
but upon making a calculation, became con-
vinced that his estimate was within bounds.

These were not trees singled out as the only
monuments; we turned not aside to search for
them, but measured such as fell under our own
observation in passing over our road. It is more